AMA Reaffirms Opposition to Assisted Suicide
The nation’s top doctors group voted overwhelmingly to reaffirm its opposition to physician-assisted suicide.
The American Medical Association will continue to oppose the practice of prescribing lethal medication to patients. More than 70 percent of its delegates voted to preserve the AMA code that says “assisted suicide would ultimately cause more harm than good.”
“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,” the ethics code says.
Opponents of assisted suicide praised the vote. Matt Vallière, executive director of Patients Rights Action Fund, called it a