Monday, November 13, 2023

American Medical Association maintains opposition to assisted suicide

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Great news: The American Medical Association (AMA) upheld their opposition to assisted suicide and euthanasia.

This is a huge win as AMA delegates voted down the attempt to change the code of ethics to support or become neutral on assisted suicide and they voted down the attempt to change terminology from assisted suicide to Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD). 

The take home message is that medical professionals, young physicians and medical students must be involved in the AMA.

50 draft resolutions were proposed with two of the draft resolutions dealing with assisted suicide and euthanasia.
  • Resolution 4 proposed to change the position of the AMA from opposition to supporting (Resolution Link).
  • Resolution 5 was for the AMA to adopt a neutral stance. (Resolution Link).
Resolution 4 would have  removed the AMA statement on not performing euthanasia or participating in assisted suicide. Both resolutions proposed to change the terminology from Physician-Assisted Suicide to Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD). The term Medical Aid in Dying includes assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Thank you to the many medical professionals who responded to the alert and worked to defeat Resolutions 4 and 5.


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Tershia said...

Praise the Lord! This adds a little hope to a dire situation.
Thank you to Alex Schadenberg for his tireless efforts in alerting us to the evils of euthanasia.

L Rogers said...

Thank God for this fantastic news. Just maybe as in many other instances Canada will look to the U S for guidance.

MDRTL said...

It is true that Alex and the EPC were the first to signal the alert about the hearing. Maryland Right to Life responded promptly and we are so proud of Dr. James Kelly who testified before the AMA on our behalf. Thank you Dr. Kelly and thank you Alex for leading us to victory!

Charlene said...

Great news. Hard work bears fruit.

arcabas said...

Fantastic !
I hope Canadians will think again about their acceptation of euthanasia as a medical care.
I also hope that it will support french doctors who are opposed to their government plan to legalize assisted suicide.

Lorraine Weiler said...

Like arcabas said about Canadians thinking again-----I hope so too. Thank you, arcabas for posting this.