At the present time, the influential American Medical Association (AMA) is opposed to physician-assisted suicide. However, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) reports that the AMA may consider changing its approach and taking a “neutral” stance on this important public policy issue.
According to the NRLC, “[at] its July 2017 annual meeting, the AMA will consider taking a neutral position which essentially sends a green light to the states that legalizing is acceptable.” Also, “the AMA will hold an interim meeting on November 13 and 14 in Orlando where a special breakout session will be held on assisted suicide.”
This potential position change is deeply troubling, as the medical community’s opposition to physician-assisted suicide has been helpful in defeating efforts to legalize the practice. Physician-assisted suicide pressures doctors to play God, encourages patients to give up, and promotes predatory behavior by insurance companies who do not wish to pay for expensive treatments for terminally-ill persons.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms encourages all physicians to contact the AMA and request that the organization stand firm in its opposition to physician-assisted suicide. Thank you for taking a stand for life.