MD “Studied Neutrality” on Assisted Suicide a Cop Out

By Wesley J. Smith

assistedsuicide112For years–decades, actually–euthanasia forces have tried to take MD opposition off the table by convincing major medical associations to adopt a position of “studied neutrality.”

Studied neutrality? What does that mean: We’re going to pay careful attention to the issue and express no opinion?

Now, the AMA, heretofore an implacable opponent of assisted suicide, is apparently going to “restudy” the issue. From the National Right to Life News Today story:

At its annual meeting in Chicago, the American Medical Association (AMA) rejected a Louisiana State Medical Society proposal to reaffirm the AMA’s long-standing policy against physician assisted suicide. Instead it approved a study-resolution to explore AMA adoption of a neutral position on physician assisted suicide, which was often referred to as “aid-in-dying” in the debate.

If the AMA “goes neutral” it will be a cowardly abdication of the organization’s obligation to be leaders regarding crucial healthcare issues.

I mean, how can the AMA be indifferent on the question of whether doctors should be allowed to exterminate their ill patients who want to die?

Hopefully, after having a deep conversation, the rank and file of the AMA will follow its brothers and sisters in the British Medical Association in continuing to oppose assisted suicide.

At its recent convention, members voted (for the third time in recent years) NOT to “go neutral,” which is another way of actually saying, not to jump on the assisted suicide bandwagon.

Editor’s note. This appeared on Wesley’s great blog.