The AMA should reject physician-assisted suicide

The Hippocratic Oath has been passed down through the ages because it contains some perennial wisdom: I will keep the sick from harm and injustice. I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asks for it, nor make a suggestion to this effect.

The rabbis of the Talmud counseled centuries ago that no person ought to take action that might hasten another person’s death, even if that person is ill, and most other major faith traditions have objections to hastening the end of a person’s life.

Yet the American Medical Association voted in June not to affirm its own ethics council’s recommendation to maintain its longstanding opposition to legalizing physician-assisted suicide, and has referred the issue back for further study. There is an aggressive effort to have the AMA drop its opposition. If that were to happen, it would put countless people at risk — especially those who are older or who have disabilities — undermine doctors’ integrity and violate fundamental values held by millions of Americans.

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