Catholic groups urge AMA to oppose assisted suicide
October 17th, 2016
By Dennis Sadowski
WASHINGTON – Two Catholic organizations are calling on physicians to urge the American Medical Association to maintain its current stance against physician-assisted suicide.
The call from the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Catholic Bioethics Center comes as the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs gathers information to “outline the current landscape” on physician-assisted suicide.
Representatives of the Catholic organizations are concerned that this effort by the AMA is a first step toward taking a neutral stance on assisted suicide. The organizations are urging physicians to address their concerns during the AMA’s interim meeting Nov. 12-15 in Orlando, Florida.
“We are mostly trying to get physicians in particular as well as experts in the area of assisted suicide and palliative care who are most compelling in their arguments against assisted suicide and against the neutrality of the medical association,” said Greg Schleppenbach, associate director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.
“But we also secondarily urge individuals to contact the AMA as well because we’re all patients of doctors and we all have a stake in the medical professions not adopting assisted suicide,” Schleppenbach told Catholic News Service.
“We need every physician possible who is opposed to assisted suicide to speak up and to encourage other physicians to speak up,” he added.
From October 20, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.