“The Common Good requires that we set standards which apply to all, because apparent ‘choice’ for a few creates the conditions of harm for many. We oppose physician-assisted suicide because in the same way something that may appear a ‘choice’ for one person may be a decision made under pressure for another.”
“The World Medical Association strongly encourages all National Medical Associations and physicians to refrain from participating in euthanasia, even if national law allows it or decriminalizes it under certain conditions.”
Professor David Albert Jones of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre in Oxford, England, has compiled a comprehensive guide to understanding and interpreting the objective evidence around euthanasia and assisted suicide. This is required reading for anyone serious about understanding the issues.
A two-year Parliamentary Inquiry in New Zealand drew over 21,000 submissions and heard from nearly 1000 individuals in person. In light of the evidence, the Inquiry remarkably chose to make no recommendations in favour of assisted dying. Here is their official Report.
The Australian Medical Association believes providing greater access to better resourced palliative care and advance care planning should be the government’s “highest priority”, and holds that doctors should never be involved in euthanasia or physician assisted suicide.