Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Doctors oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide.

I received the following letter today from Isabelle O'Connor from Gatineau Quebec. The letter was written in French and was google translated.

The World Medical Association has reiterated, its opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide by declaring:
Euthanasia, that is to say, to end the life of a patient by a deliberate act, even his request or that of his relatives, is unethical. 
This does not prevent the physician from respecting the will of the patient to allow the natural process of death to follow its course in the terminal phase of the disease. 
Physician-assisted suicide is unethical and must be condemned by the medical profession. 
However, the rejection of medical treatment is a fundamental right of the patient and the doctor is not contrary to the ethics even if compliance with this desire leads to death of the patient. 
The American Medical Association declared:
Euthanasia is fundamentally incompatible with the physician's role as healer, euthanasia would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks. 
The Canadian Medical Association has declared the same thing on their website. 

When Minister Hivon, in Quebec, says that doctors who oppose euthanasia are "a insignificant minority", her words do not conform to reality.

Isabelle O'Connor

Link to:
Most Canadian doctors oppose euthanasia.
* Quebec doctors group opposes euthanasia bill.

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