Doctors’ Lobby Refuses to Maintain Opposition to Assisted Suicide

America’s largest doctors’ lobby may reconsider its longstanding opposition to assisted suicide after its governing body voted to ignore its own ethics council.
On Monday, a majority of delegates from the American Medical Association refused to confirm the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs’s recommendation that it continue to oppose assisted suicide. The council spent two years studying the issue following a resolution from the Oregon delegation asking the AMA to shift to a neutral position on the question of whether physicians can ethically prescribe lethal medication to a patient diagnosed as terminally ill. Its final report acknowledged that advocates of assisted suicide had made strides in advancing the practice and did not condemn physicians who participate in assisted suicide where it is legal, but recommended on maintaining the AMA’s position that “Physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would

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