American College of Physicians Affirms Opposition to Assisted Suicide
By St. Joseph County Right to Life | September 19, 2017, 2:11pm
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently issued a policy statement against the legalization of assisted suicide. This is of vital importance as it opposes the tide of lobbyists pushing physicians to adopt a position of “studied neutrality,” desiring the legalization of suicide for all patients, not just the terminally ill. Some insurance companies also support this cruel endeavor.
“Society’s goal should be to make dying less, not more, medical. Physician-assisted suicide is neither a therapy nor a solution to difficult questions raised at the end of life.
On the basis of substantive ethics, clinical practice, policy, and other concerns, the ACP does not support legalization of physician-assisted suicide. This practice is problematic given the nature of the patient–physician relationship, affects trust in that relationship as well as in the profession, and fundamentally alters the medical profession’s role in society,” stated the ACP’s position paper.
“Furthermore, the principles at stake in this debate also underlie medicine’s responsibilities on other issues and the physician’s duty to provide care based on clinical judgment, evidence, and ethics.
Control over the manner and timing of a person’s death has not been and should not be a goal of medicine. However, through high-quality care, effective communication, compassionate support, and the right resources, physicians can help patients control many aspects of how they live out life’s last chapter.”
Essentially the ACP reasonably recommends an increased quality of true compassionate care for the dying, which is their role as doctors, to heal and care for the infirmed. The root of the word, compassion, means to “suffer with”, to be present with one who is suffering, where they are at. This position is in direct opposition to that of helping another person kill themselves, or commit suicide.
In three short weeks, Bobby Schindler, brother of well-known euthanasia victim, Terri Schiavo, will offer the keynote address at the 26th Annual Right to Life Benefit Dinner. He will speak on how the thrust toward legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide is quickly becoming the next Roe v. Wade.