Assisted Suicide Is the Wrong Prescription

Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) now stands at a tipping point in the United States. This practice involves a physician prescribing a non-FDA approved lethal overdose of drugs to a person believed to have a terminal illness. For 30 years, pro-assisted suicide organizations have been lobbying for legalization of assisted suicide throughout the U.S. In 1997, Oregon became the first state to pass PAS legislation. In April of this year, Hawai’i became the sixth. Nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population now lives in a jurisdiction where PAS is legal.

As a physician in practice for nearly 20 years, these events leave me saddened and discouraged. I have studied this issue carefully over the past 3 years, since PAS legislation was first introduced in my home state of Maryland. What I have concluded is that PAS is shockingly dangerous public policy that physicians and the public should reject. Here are 5 reasons…

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