Urge the American Medical Association to stay true to the Hippocratic oath!

TO THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

 

Urge the American Medical Association to stay true to the Hippocratic oath!

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Urge the American Medical Association to stay true to the Hippocratic oath!

The American Medical Association (AMA) has long held that assisted suicide is incompatible with the role of the doctor. However, the AMA is reconsidering that position. In several weeks, on November 13 and 14 in Orlando during an interim meeting, a special session will be devoted to discussing assisted suicide.

As the largest association of doctors in the country, the AMA has a huge influence. Please join with me in asking the American Medical Association to stay true to the Hippocratic oath and continue to oppose assisted suicide.

The earliest versions of the Hippocratic oath state, “The regimen I adopt shall be for the benefit of my patients … and not for their hurt or for any wrong. I will give no deadly drug to any, though it be asked of me, nor will I counsel such.” 

Some will argue that a doctor’s role is to show compassion and that assisted suicide is “death with dignity.” However, this is simply wrong. A doctor’s role is to preserve life, not take it. There is nothing dignified or compassionate about a doctor killing a patient.

And don’t be mistaken. Physician-assisted suicide will not be rare. It will become commonplace and less than voluntary. In fact, In Canada, where physician-assisted suicide was just legalized recently; sick patients are already being pressured to end their lives.  

This summer, three elderly members of a church in the rural province of Québec found out they had cancer. Immediately after delivering the cancer diagnosis, the first question their doctors asked them was, “Do you wish to be euthanized.”

Our elderly and our sick deserve to be loved, cherished and respected. Assisted suicide disposes of the weak in our society. We must strongly urge the AMA to recognize how detrimental assisted suicide is. The AMA, as the largest association of doctors in America, must remain the largest advocate for defending sick and elderly patients.

Let’s make our voice heard to the AMA. Let’s advocate they be the association of doctors that stays true to the fundamental vows they took to become doctors.

Further Resources:

http://www.fpiw.org/blog/2016/09/30/ama-reconsidering-position-on-euthanasia-and-suicide/

http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2016/09/ama-to-hold-interim-meeting-to-consider-abandoning-decades-long-opposition-to-assisted-suicide/#.WAIVQxQsif4

https://eppc.org/publications/the-culture-of-death-on-the-march-in-colorado/

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Please remain true to the Hippocratic oath

Dear American Medical Association,

In several weeks you will consider changing your position on assisted suicide. As you discuss this important issue, I urge you to remain true to the Hippocratic oath and your duty as doctors to protect the weak and vulnerable.

The earliest versions of the Hippocratic Oath state, “The regimen I adopt shall be for the benefit of my patients … and not for their hurt or for any wrong. I will give no deadly drug to any, though it be asked of me, nor will I counsel such.”

Some will argue that a doctor’s role is to show compassion and that assisted suicide is “death with dignity.” However, this is simply wrong. A doctor’s role is to preserve life, not take it. There is nothing dignified or compassionate about a doctor killing a patient.

Physician-assisted suicide will not be rare. It will become commonplace and less than voluntary. In fact, In Canada, where physician-assisted suicide was just legalized recently; sick patients are already being pressured to end their lives. 

This summer, three elderly members of a church in the rural province of Québec found out they had cancer. Immediately after delivering the cancer diagnosis, the first question their doctors asked them was, “Do you wish to be euthanized.”

We believe that our sick and elderly neighbors deserve to be loved, cherished and respected –not disposed of.

Please remain true to the Hippocratic oath. 

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Urge the American Medical Association to stay true to the Hippocratic oath!

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