An Open Letter to New Zealanders

Doctors want no part in assisted suicide

We endorse the views of the World Medical Association and the New Zealand Medical Association that physician assisted suicide and euthanasia are unethical, even if they were made legal.

We are committed to the concept of death with dignity and comfort, including the provision of effective pain relief and excellence in palliative care.

We uphold the right of patients to decline treatment, as set out in the NZ Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights.

We know that the proper provision of pain relief, even if it may unintentionally  hasten the death of the patient, is ethical and legal.  Equally the withdrawal or withholding of futile treatment in favour of palliative care is ethical and legal.

We believe that crossing the line to intentionally assist a person to die would fundamentally weaken the doctor-patient relationship which is based on trust and respect.

We are especially concerned with protecting vulnerable people who can feel they have become a burden to others, and we are committed to supporting those who find their own life situations a heavy burden.

Doctors are not necessary in the regulation or practice of assisted suicide.  They are included only to provide a cloak of medical legitimacy.  Leave doctors to focus on saving lives and providing real care to the dying.

Join us

If you are a New Zealand doctor and would like to add your name to this Open Letter, please email [email protected] with your name, qualifications and Medical Council registration number.

‘Doctors say no’ is an Open Letter to all New Zealanders by doctors supporting the World Medical Association and New Zealand Medical Association position statements that euthanasia and assisted suicide are unethical, even if they were to become legal.

This initiative has been organised by the Care Alliance, a charitable trust committed to nurturing better conversations about dying in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Doctors Want No Part in Assisted Suicide

The medical community is opposed to assisted suicide, a controversial legal option in Canada. In a recent survey, 27% of respondents said they believe medical professionals should never intentionally hasten a patient’s death. But some medical professionals are opposed, arguing that it is against their ethical principles to prescribe assisted suicide to their patients. The issue is still largely unresolved in Canada, and further research is needed.

The medical community is divided on the ethics of assisted suicide, with many physicians supporting it, and opposing it. In the U.S., it is illegal to legally perform euthanasia and assisted suicide. The American College of Physicians (ACP) has a position statement on the subject, recognizing the many varying views and feelings. The document also includes an executive summary and glossary. The full position paper is available online.

While the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the majority of lower court rulings, it has ruled that physicians are not immune from civil and criminal liability. Furthermore, this type of death could also lead to the duty of a physician to perform self-euthanasia. This is not acceptable, and advocates of the new law say that physicians are not allowed to provide assistance with suicide. These are all valid concerns.

Physician-assisted suicide is controversial. Although the Washington D.C. law allows physician-assisted suicide, only two doctors in the state are registered. This is gravely problematic. It is not easy to find a physician who can provide a safe and pain-free death. And, physicians cannot be trusted with the lives of their patients. So, the question becomes: can a doctor be trusted with someone’s life?

The Oregon Supreme Court decided that the legality of physician-assisted suicide depends on the state’s laws. The law does not permit assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. It is a complex issue, but the legality of assisted suicide in Oregon is still being debated. While the law does not allow for the use of lethal drugs on a terminally ill patient, it does allow for other medical treatments.

There are several reasons why doctors oppose the law. For example, it would violate the rights of patients and the dignity of their families. Further, it could end up destroying the doctor-patient relationship. For this reason, they are opposed to the law. They believe it undermines the relationship between a doctor and patient. They also say that it will not be safe for their loved ones. The decision is based on ethics and moral principles, which is crucial for the legality of assisted suicide in Oregon.

The Oregon law allows physicians to assist patients in dying. The Oregon Public Health Division, however, claims that assisted suicide is an optional process. In addition, it is a voluntary process. The law does not require consent from the patient. In addition, the law’s supporters say it will not cause any problems for the patient. Aside from the ethical and legal issues, doctors also oppose the legality of physician-assisted suicide.

Moreover, assisted suicide will color doctors’ attitude toward advanced age, disability, and illness. It may become a societal expectation, which is a very dangerous development. It will permanently damage the public’s trust in the health care system and the integrity of the health professions. Therefore, the AMA House of Delegates should strongly support the CEJA report and maintain the ethical position against physician-assisted suicide.

Besides the ethical issues, assisted suicide is also a potentially dangerous practice. Its legalization could cause a great deal of harm, especially to people with disabilities. Its legalization could weaken the quality of the U.S. health system. The law should not allow doctors to assist patients in suicide. They should make their decisions based on their own personal values and beliefs. The Oregon Public Health Division should ensure that the law will protect the rights of disabled people.

A physician’s participation in assisted suicide is a deeply personal choice. It’s important to think about the impact assisted suicide has on individuals, their family members, and society in general. The implication of assisted suicide is that it will hurt everyone. Fortunately, the law doesn’t require any involvement from a physician. The law states that the patient will be able to choose a doctor who is comfortable with the procedure.  

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