Compassion and Choices Pushing American Medical Association to End Opposition to Assisted Suicide

By St. Joseph County Right to Life | September 14, 2017, 12:00pm

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Compassion and Choices, formerly known as the Hemlock Society, continues working hard to encourage widespread acceptance of physician assisted suicide. This organization is no stranger to our community, having held one of its workshops at a South Bend public library this past spring which clearly had an agenda aligned with advancing so-called “Death with Dignity” legislation.


As the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation reported last week, Compassion and Choices is advocating heavily for the American Medical Association to end its opposition to physician assisted suicide.


Currently, Chapter 5 of the AMA’s code states,


“It is understandable, though tragic, that some patients in extreme duress—such as those suffering from a terminal, painful, debilitating illness—may come to decide that death is preferable to life. However, permitting physicians to engage in assisted suicide would ultimately cause more harm than good.


Physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks. Instead of engaging in assisted suicide, physicians must aggressively respond to the needs of patients at the end of life.


Physicians: (a) Should not abandon a patient once it is determined that cure is impossible. (b) Must respect patient autonomy. (c) Must provide good communication and emotional support. (d) Must provide appropriate comfort care and adequate pain control." 


(AMA Principles of Medical EthicsI,IV)


St. Joseph County Right to Life stands firm with the AMA that allowing physicians to engage in assisted suicide will ultimately cause more harm than good. We need your help to encourage the AMA to ensure that this formal opposition remains in place. With just a few clicks, you can make your voice heard. Just click the button below! 


For more information on why we oppose assisted suicide, click here.