Monday, June 10, 2019

American Medical Association overwhelmingly upholds its opposition to assisted suicide.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

I have great news

The American Medical Association (AMA) upheld its opposition to assisted suicide by a vote of 65% to 35% today. 

The AMA overwhelmingly maintained that:
“Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia are fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks”
At a 2016 meeting of the AMA, delegates voted to ask the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) to review the AMA policy on assisted suicide.

In May 2018, CEJA upheld the AMA policy on assisted suicide, but in June 2018, AMA delegates once again asked CEJA to continue reviewing its policy on assisted suicide.

In October 2018, CEJA adjusted the language of its recommendation while upholding that the AMA maintain its opposition to assisted suicide. In November 2018, AMA delegates once again decided to ask CEJA to continue reviewing the AMA policy on assisted suicide.

After three years of intense review of its assisted suicide policy, AMA delegates overwhelmingly upheld that assisted suicide is incompatible with the physician's role as healer.

1 comment:

Paul Anderson said...

I hope this puts some pressure on the CMA to reverse its position.

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