AMA Votes To Retain Longstanding Opposition To Assisted Suicide

Steven Ertelt

Despite a concerted effort by euthanasia advocates, the American Medical Association has voted to retain its long-standing opposition to assisted suicide.

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.

Some of them spoke at a Reference Committee meeting yesterday, which overwhelmingly recommended that the House of Delegates affirm CEJA 2. At the meeting, Dr. Dan Sulmasy debated the lead doctor from the pro-euthanasia group Compassion and Choices. Physician members of Council on Ethics and Judicial Affairs held the line last year and this year despite enormous pressure to promote euthanizing patients.

The vote is notable because the AMA is one of the largest medial organizations in the country, and medical societies are influential when it comes to legislators making policy decisions and in shaping public opinion.

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