American Medical Association to Reconsider Assisted Suicide Policy

Solange Reyner – June 10, 2018

The nation’s largest physicians organization is taking up the issue of medically-assisted suicide this week and will decide whether to revise the association’s longstanding code of ethics, The Washington Post reports.

The American Medical Association currently maintains that physician-assisted suicides are “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks.”

The AMA House of Delegates meets in Chicago to debate and vote on the issue.

“The mere fact that they’re considering it again tells you that it’s a changing climate,” Art Caplan, head of medical ethics at the New York University School of Medicine, told the Post.