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American Medical Association sliding toward support of physician-assisted suicide… here come the death panels

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Will the American Medical Association soon be in favor of physician-assisted suicide? In early June, the AMA decided not to reaffirm its position against assisted suicide – a decision which has shocked many. But indeed, the AMA has gone against its own Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, which recommended the AMA maintain its opposition of euthanasia for humans.

Advocates for assisted suicide have been very successful at opening doors for euthanasia in medicine. In some states, affiliate groups have already taken a more neutral stance on this issue, paving the way for legislators to approve the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide. While proponents of euthanasia say that their cause gives patients the right to a dignified death, the issue isn’t really that cut and dry. There are substantial concerns about the potential for abuse and coercion. Inevitably, this could give rise to an untold number of citizens quietly being put to death against their will – while no one will be the wiser.

Experts warn against assisted suicide

Matt Vallière, the Executive Director of Patients Rights Action Fund, told Life News that he, and other advocates for patients’ rights, are very concerned about the AMA’s sudden change of heart.

“The American Medical Association’s decision to not confirm their own Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs’ recommendation – namely that they maintain their opposition to assisted suicide – does not take into account that this bad public policy puts vulnerable patients at high risk for coercion, mistakes and even abuse. Although the AMA’s opposition position still stands for now, a referral back to CEJA is a lost opportunity and a failure to stand against a policy that has grave consequences for everyone, but especially persons living with illness, disabilities, or socio-economic disadvantage. Assisted suicide is not medical care,” Vallière stated.

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Further, he noted, the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs spent two years poring over research on assisted suicide before making their recommendation. The Council is an internationally respected panel of experts, and the AMA has basically ignored the panel’s statements on euthanasia in entirety, declaring that the issue needs “further study.”

In their conclusion, the Council stated, “Physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks.”

The dangers of euthanasia

The American College of Physicians (ACP) reaffirmed their stance against assisted suicide last year, noting that: “The power to prescribe assisted suicide carries a profound potential for misuse and abuse.” In their statement, the ACP noted that in a time when the cost of care is on everyone’s mind, the rising demand for euthanasia is alarming. And indeed it is; after all, killing off the “sick enough” would inevitably prove to be the best way to save money – how long will it take for that to become a platform?

As Dr. Bernat, hailing from Dartmouth Medical School, wrote in 1997, there are several issues with assisted suicide. In addition to harming patient-professional relationships and damaging the practice of palliative care, the legalization of euthanasia will lead to more death. Dr. Bernat surmises that once physician-assisted suicides are legal, it will only be a matter of time before two things happen: Voluntary euthanasia will become legal, and soon after that, involuntary euthanasia will follow.

Proponents of assisted suicide may scoff at that last contention – but look no further than the killing of a 29-year-old mentally ill woman in the Netherlands for proof that involuntary euthanasia is already reality. Can someone struggling with a mental illness make a rational choice in this situation, especially in a society that is basically telling them their life is not worth living?

In the Netherlands, infants who are disabled and unable to consent to assisted suicide are regularly euthanized under what’s known as the “Groningen Protocol.” Studies have shown that staggeringly few infant euthanasia cases are reported on – even though estimates indicate 20 Netherlands babies are intentionally killed by their doctors every year.

Studies from Belgium, where euthanasia is also legal, show that 30 percent of those euthanized are actually being killed without consent. Where do we draw the line?

Stay updated with the latest on medical controversies at Medicine.news.

Sources for this article include:

LifeNews.com

NationalReview.com

NCBI.NLM.NIH.gov

NEJM.org

 

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By | 2018-06-17T20:57:40+00:00 June 17th, 2018|Featured, Health, Main|8 Comments

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  1. LZ June 18, 2018 at 3:17 am

    Personally, I am all for it. Why make us have to struggle and suffer before death? To make more money for the hospitals and doctors, while we are in pain? Actually, I want to have “Designer Death” something like “Summer Breeze Piña Coladas” and other choices. So that we can order a “pleasurable” death process and at the time table we can control. We can give away stuff to the specific people we love, transfer all of the legal stuff properly to whomever we trust …..

  2. gene June 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Ithink a person should be able to write while sane reason and conditions whwn I would p[refer death than a life on pain and not knowing who I was while my family whould spend too much time visiting and seeing I was being well cared for.i believe in JESUS and life hereafter… When one door closes another will open. Love Reace & Joy

  3. mary June 18, 2018 at 5:18 am

    The leftists are dying to open this Pandora’s box (assisted physician suicide). If it ever becomes fully legalized. And I believe it will. It will be expanded to include any illness or disease. If you live over a certain age, it’s time to die. If you’re handicapped or disabled, it’s time to die. Those who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s, it’s time to die. If you’re labeled as suffering from ODD (operational defiant disorder). It’s time for you to die with “dignity.” And the list goes on and on.

    For those who choose assisted physician assisted suicide. That’s your choice if that’s what works for you. I pity you that you couldn’t trust and work things out with God Almighty. As with all things tyrannical and abusive. The danger here is that many will have to live with another twisted imposition of the ruling class and their mindless zombie squads. Leftists do the world a favor and get out of the way. Your answers to problem solving amounts to nothing more than more confusion, chaos, death and destruction. Just as well trust in the devil than place any hope in you people. One will arrive at the same destination making either choice.

  4. mary June 18, 2018 at 5:20 am

    I meant to say oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) stated above.

  5. gene June 18, 2018 at 6:04 am

    did not check half a sleep

  6. Vietkonggook June 18, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Luciferian medical model is all there is to it since the advent of the takeover by the Rockefellers and their ilk a hundred years ago. Big pharma’s pharmakeia and the luciferian medical schools are all in this together slowly hiding its true intentions. Theres a reason why the medical symbol of a staff coiled by two snakes. Its all right there to taunt us what the forces behind it all. Did you not wonder growing up as kids you re being told, if you wanted to be rich … be a doctor… This is the luciferian mind control. Its the sorcerer and witche’s spell . And why do it have to take so long to become a medical doctor? Its the indoctrination into the world of big pharma and their pharmakeia.

  7. laura ann June 18, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Seems assisted suicide has been ongoing by hospice nationwide for sometime. Check out info on Hospice patients alliance (hospicepatients.org) article down page Stealth Euthanasia. Those with power of attorney can consent hospice to inject a drug cocktail, usually a family member. I know hospice workers that said it was legal with DNR’s and p. of attorney papers. AIDS patients along with Alzhiemers, ALS, cancer, heart failure, etc are examples. I also know several people who auth. it for a family member. Many are on medicaid and they are the ones that would probably be talked into it by Dr’s

  8. John June 18, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Already in Canada

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