Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

“I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.”  Hippocratic Oath

The statement above is the foundational moral principle of medicine, pledged by doctors for centuries as they attempt to cure and relieve suffering without injuring the patient. It’s a principle being eroded by the movement to legalize physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. When combined with an impersonal and technological healthcare system, the movement to support physician-assisted suicide has proven lethal. Prescribed suicide is an immoral slippery slope that corrupts the doctor-patient trust. Put simply, it’s dangerous. And it’s not just dangerous for the physicians and healthcare workers, but it’s also dangerous for our country, our healthcare system and for every patient.

We are committed to providing the most up-to-date information on the legislative, ethical and medical aspects of the fight against the legalization of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. We’ve compiled a great amount of resources that you can use to educate yourself and others about this important issue. So get involved today: talk about the issue with your friends, write your senators and send a letter to your local newspaper to let others know how important this issue is for your state and our country.

“Physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult to control and would pose serious societal risks.”  Code of Ethics, American Medical Association

Below is All the Latest News and Information on the Topic: Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Over the Last 24 Months.

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Related Position Statements & Presentations

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    Physician-Assisted Suicide

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    Suicide

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    Euthanasia

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    Imminent Death Organ Donation Position Statement

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    Human Life: Its Moral Worth Position Statement

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    Organ Transplantation after Assisted Suicide or State Execution Position Statement

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    David Stevens' Presentation on Physician-Assisted Suicide - September 2015

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    Euthanizing Medicine - Dr. David Stevens

    A PowerPoint presentation on the implications of legalized physician-assisted suicide - August 25, 2014.

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    Reflecting Christian Values in Your Advance Directives
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    Quick Facts About Assisted Suicide

    Written by Margaret Dore, Esq. an attorney in Washington State where assisted suicide is legal. She is also president of Choice is an Illusion, a nonprofit corporation opposed to assisted suicide.

Related Media Resources

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  • Reaction Letter to Brittany Maynard Suicide

    Dear Brittany: Why We Don’t Have To Be So Afraid of Dying & Suffering That We Choose Suicide - By Kara Tippets

  • Waves Over Dikes - 2014

    An interview about euthanasia with Dr. Henk Jochemsen, professor and director of the Lindeboom Institute, a not-for-profit foundation for medical ethics in Ede, Netherlands.

  • Troubled Waters - 2014

    A personal story about Franz Staneke, a former Dutch sailor who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was eventually euthanized instead of seeking treatment.

Related Letters

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Additional Links Relevant to Physician-Assisted Suicide

  • American Academy of Medical Ethics

    Our mission is to promote the interests of medical educators, medical practitioners and scientists, the care and well-being of patients, the protection of public health, and the betterment of the medical profession, as well as to protect and promote the historical values that have provided the longstanding foundation for Western healthcare. We foresee the standard of healthcare in North America once again defined by the Hippocratic tradition.

  • Hospice Patients Alliance

    The Hospice Patients Alliance was formed in August of 1998 as a nonprofit charitable organization and is a 501(c)(3) corporation serving the general public throughout the United States.

  • Patients Rights Council

    Committed to the principle that you have the right to know all the facts about the critical issues of life, death, and assisted suicide. 

  • Physicians for Compassionate Care

    Physicians have the duty to safeguard human life, especially life of the most vulnerable: the sick, elderly, disabled, poor, ethnic minorities, and those whom society may consider the most unproductive and burdensome.

  • Advanced Directives: American Hospital Association

    Advancing health in America, the AHA has a long list of key webpages related to advanced directives.

  • National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

    CaringInfo provides free advance directives and instructions for each state that can be opened as a PDF (Portable Document Format) file.