The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Reaffirms its Opposition to Assisted Suicide

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has  released its updated position statement on assisted suicide, which reaffirms its opposition to assisted suicide.  It is welcomed news that the NHPCO has not retreated behind a position of “studied neutrality;” but rather, the NHPCO has taken a stand, clearly stating that assisted suicide is not a palliative intervention:

“Known as physician assisted suicide (PAS), physician aid in dying (PAD), medical aid in dying (MAID), and other terms, LAD is both controversial and increasingly available to terminally ill individuals in the United States. However, as palliative care “intends to neither hasten nor postpone death,”1 LAD is not a palliative intervention. In light of the underuse of hospice and palliative care to alleviate suffering, lack of comprehensive health care for persons with serious illness, lack of research about the outcomes of LAD, concerns of disability rights advocates regarding protections from coercion, longstanding racial bias in medicine, disparities in health and medical care, and lack of protections to ensure voluntary participation, NHPCO opposes LAD as a societal option.”

Read the full position statement here…

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