June 12, 2018
AMA to vote Tuesday whether to retain opposition to physician-assisted suicide
For the last few years we have kept you posted on the internal machinations of the American Medical Association (AMA) as pro-physician- assisted suicide forces seek what, for them, is the Holy Grail: for the AMA to ignore the recommendation of its own Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) to retain AMA opposition to physician-assisted suicide (PAS) and “go neutral.”
June 12th, the AMA’s House of Delegates will vote to either accept the CEJA’s recommendation or send it back to committee. The latter would be a huge victory for the likes of Compassion &Choices, formerly, and rightly, named the Hemlock Society.
We can hope the AMA does not lose its way. There is no endpoint, if the AMA “goes neutral.” There will be pressure on physicians to “assist” their patients, the pool of which will grow wider and larger and deeper each year.
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