Euthanasia: we can live without it
It is not possible to credibly argue the equivalence of the two acts.
The Australia & New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) have adopted a formal position in opposition to euthanasia & assisted suicide.
Assisted suicide and euthanasia are contrary to all historic codes of medical ethics, including the Hippocratic Oath, the Declaration of Geneva, the International Code of Medical Ethics and the Statement of Marbella.
Neutrality on this particular issue would give assisted suicide a status that no other issue enjoys.
The CMA consultation report determined that 71.5% agreed with the current CMA policy on euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Death, 25.8% disagreed with its current position and 2.6% were unsure.
The Canadian Medical Association rolled over and played dead earlier this month in the wake of the passage of euthanasia legislation in the Province of Quebec.
NZ's peak medical body speaks out.
This latest news from Alex Schadenberg's blog:
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) held a national dialogue on end-of-life care in Canada that included 5 events between February 20 and May 27, 2014 and an opportunity for input from CMA members and Canadians in general.
Whether a physician opposes or supports assisted suicide, it is never an issue of neutrality, and if it becomes legal, there is always pressure to participate in acts that cause death.
Professor Somerville calls out the Canadian Medical Association on its contradictory position.
'This is just the tip of the iceberg.'
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