In a rebuke of the merchants of death who sought to transform the nation’s largest medical group into a lobbying force for assisted suicide across the country, the American Medical Association reaffirmed their position in opposition to assisted suicide.
According to LifeNews.com, “The AMA affirmed CEJA 2, the report which recommended that the AMA retain its opposition to assisted suicide. The vote was 65-35, a huge margin of victory for doctors who want the AMA to continue treating patient, not killing them.The battle over the AMA vote took place over the course of several years worth of interim and annual meetings. But physicians, medical students, interns and residents from across the country spoke up in favor of the AMA”s anti-assisted suicide position.”
The vote is also surprising, because the AMA frequently takes politically liberal positions, even when it conflicts with science, such as being in support of abortion.
The affirmation vote adds to another victory for the rights of patients and for human dignity. In March, a bill to legalize assisted suicide in Maryland died on a tie vote in the Senate. Earlier this week, Maine legalized assisted suicide.
Speaking out against this legislation was Matt Valliere of the Patient Rights Action Fund. He stated, “Assisted suicide is a dangerous public policy that puts the most vulnerable people in society at risk for abuse, coercion and mistakes…It also provides profit-driven insurance companies perverse incentives to offer a quick death, rather than costly continuing quality care.”
While Students for Life of America is primarily focused on abolishing abortion, we also strongly oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide. Last year, we wrote, “People who are targeted for euthanasia or assisted suicide too often are pressured to make a choice (for their own good, they are told) by those who communicate that the only worthwhile lives are those lived by healthy, strong, active individuals with a list of abilities favored by society. People are not valued for their humanity, but for their presumed contribution to those making a judgment call of other’s worth.But, being pro-life means supporting the dignity of every human being. This includes not encouraging the killing of human beings just because their life may be physically difficult or because they need help.” You can read the full blog here.
You can learn more about assisted suicide at https://patientsrightsaction.org/.