Physician-ethicist says doctors should oppose assisted suicide

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Organizations that advocate for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide have been increasing their efforts in almost every state where the practice it is not yet permitted.

As part of their strategy, such organizations have been gaining influence on state medical associations and urging them to change their stance on assisted suicide, from opposition to neutrality, according to Dr. Daniel Sulmasy.

In a CHA webinar late last month, Sulmasy, an internist, professor of biomedical ethics at Georgetown University and acting director of Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics, said physician organizations should be actively opposing the practice. They should not be declaring themselves “neutral” as the American Academy of Family Physicians did by resolution in October 2018 — or, worse yet, outright supporting it as the New York State Academy of Family Physicians has done.