ACP does not support legalization of assisted suicide

ACP does not support legalization of assisted suicide

(HealthDay)—The American College of Physicians (ACP) does not support the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, a practice that raises ethical, clinical, and other concerns, according to a position paper published online Sept. 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

In light of increasing discussion and advocacy for to be a legal option at the end of life, Lois Snyder Sulmasy, J.D., and Paul S. Mueller, M.D., M.P.H., of the ACP Ethics, Professionalism, and Human Rights Committee, address the ethics and legalization of physician-assisted suicide.

The authors note that the ethical arguments against legalizing physician-assisted suicide remain most compelling, and the ACP does not support legalization of physician-assisted suicide. Given the nature of the patient-physician relationship, legalization is problematic, affecting trust in the relationship and in the medical profession, and threatens to alter the role of within society. Furthermore, the principles at stake also affect medicine's responsibilities in relation to other issues, and the physician's duties to provide care that is based on evidence, ethics, and .

"Control over the manner and timing of a person's death has not been and should not be a goal of medicine," the authors write. "Throughout patients' lives, including as they face death, medicine must strive to give patients the care, respect, and comfort they deserve."


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Sep 19, 2017
What a crock.

There is nothing unethical about PAS.

One suspects that what the ACP is really in such a lather about is the loss of income which PAS represents.

Why help some poor suffering patient shuffle off to Buffalo, when you can still prescribe additional, ineffective, and ever-more-expensive treatments to prolong life for a few more agonizing days, weeks, or months?

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