The Physicians’ Alliance Against Euthanasia is based in Canada, where a law legalizing doctor-prescribed suicide is set to go into effect, and they have a Declaration that all physicians and non-physicians are encouraged to sign.
The Declaration includes (what should be) common sense statements on care for the ill and dying and recognizes the difficulties of palliative care, while also respecting the dignity and right to life of all people.
To provoke death voluntarily, by lethal injection or any other method, cannot be considered under any circumstance as “medical care”, and is contrary to medical ethics. It is never necessary to kill a patient in order to end his or her suffering. The 2400-year-old Hippocratic tradition was a major advance in civilization. It forbids euthanasia and mandates the protection of the weak and the maintenance of trust between the physician and the patient. It calls on physicians and other health professionals to use their knowledge and skills to heal the sick, creating a climate of mutual solidarity. It is ironic that the accepted standards of this ancient code of conduct, written at a time when the means of countering end of life suffering were very limited, might be considered inadequate in this age of refined capacity to control symptoms.
Visit their site to read the whole declaration. In Massachusetts, we’re awaiting the end of the June 30 extension given to H.1991, an act to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide, and will be reaching out to members, asking them to contact their legislators to ensure that this dangerous legislation is not enacted. Read more about H. 1991 HERE.