American Medical Association Caves On Assisted Suicide

Rejects ethics panel's recommendation

The cause for physician-assisted suicide keeps stampeding forth and the American Medical Association (AMA) just handed it a major victory by deciding against reaffirming its opposition to the deathly practice. The AMA's decision was in opposition to the recommendation of its own Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs.

America's top doctors have long waged a war against both euthanasia and assisted suicide, knowing it could lead to cost-containment strategies along with a culture that discourages treatment in favor of suicide. It seems they have given the so-called "Death with Dignity" advocates a foothold in the debate by taking a neutral position.

According to LifeNews, the AMA made its decision after an ethics panel recommended they continue their opposition to the practice.

"Rather than reaffirming its longstanding opposition to assisted suicide, the AMA has in effect sent it back to the Council for further study — opening the door to a change in position," reports LifeNews.

The ethics panel even said, "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 could prove costly to pro-life advocates. In every state where the medical community has dropped opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide, permissive legislation soon follows. Leading advocates against the practice have sounded the alarm.

"The American Medical Association’s decision to not confirm their own Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs’ recommendation – namely that they maintain their opposition to assisted suicide – does not take into account that this bad public policy puts vulnerable patients at high risk for coercion, mistakes and even abuse," said Executive Director of Patients Rights Action Fund, Matt Vallière.

Fortunately, the nation's second-largest medical group, the American College of Physicians (ACP), reiterated their opposition to the practice in a similar vote last year. ​


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