The American Medical Association (AMA), upon recommendation by its Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, voted by a nearly two-thirds margin to maintain its opposition to physician-assisted suicide.
The current AMA-affirmed language states, “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.”
This is a huge victory for the pro-life movement, since the AMA is highly influential in shaping public opinion and legislative policy. Said Matt Vallière, the director of the Patients Rights Action Fund, “Patients deserve care and protection, not a prescription for death. We trust that this decision will encourage states considering legislation to continue to reject assisted suicide.”
Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, was likewise happy with the decision. “We can only hope that the decision of the AMA will result in an understanding that doctors should never be involved with killing their patients,” said Schadenberg.
The World Medical Association also maintained its opposition to assisted suicide last October.
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