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Letter: Assisted suicide

Question 2 considerations:

Physician-assisted suicide is a hard issue and very involved. At first look, it might seem to be a good thing. However, people should carefully think through the following two points.

First, insurance companies and others will be in a position to gain financially if this becomes law.

Second, be aware that the American Medical Association is against physician-assisted suicide. Their summary/ethics “Opinion 2.211 — physician-assisted suicide” that says in part, “It is understandable, though tragic, that some patients in extreme duress — such as those suffering from a terminal, painful, debilitating illness — may come to decide that death is preferable to life. However, allowing physicians to participate in assisted suicide would cause more harm than good. Physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks.

Instead of participating in assisted suicide, physicians must aggressively respond to the needs of patients at the end of life. ...”

They also have extensive backup reference materials on their website.

DAVID S. SKOKA

Turners Falls

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