The American Medical Association (AMA) might be changing its stance on physician-assisted suicide in the future. Currently, the association deems the practice “incompatible with the physician’s role as healer.”
However, the AMA’s House of Delegates rejected a recommendation from its own Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) to maintain opposition to physician-assisted suicide. The House of Delegates voted 56%-44% to refer the report back to committee for further study.
Matt Vallière, the executive director of Patients Rights Action Fund, said, “Although the AMA’s opposition position still stands for now, a referral back to CEJA is a lost opportunity and a failure to stand against a policy that has grave consequences for everyone, but especially persons living with illness, disabilities, or socio-economic disadvantage. Assisted suicide is not medical care.”
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