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American Medical Association: Principles of Medical Ethics

American Medical Association: Principles of Medical Ethics

The medical profession has long subscribed to a body of ethical statements developed primarily for the benefit of the patient. As a member of this profession, a physician must recognize responsibility not only to patients, but also to society, to other health professionals, and to self. The following Principles adopted by the American Medical Association are not laws, but standards of conduct that define the essentials of honorable behavior for the physician.

Principles of Medical Ethics

American Medical Association Policy on Assisted Suicide

American Medical Association Policies: Assisted Suicide

Physician-assisted suicide occurs when a physician facilitates a patients death by providing the necessary means and/or information to enable the patient to perform the life-ending act (e.g., the physician provides sleeping pills and information about the lethal dose, while aware that the patient may commit suicide).

Are Living Wills Followed?

Are Living Wills Followed?

Having an advance directive is no guarantee that end-of-life wishes will be honored. A 1995 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded study of 4,300 critically ill patients found that only 49 percent who requested do not resuscitate (DNR) orders actually got them; 70 percent of those patients were never asked their preferences. There have been many cases in which individuals who have taken all the right steps have been deprived of seeing their loved ones’ wishes carried out because of physician, family, or institutional resistance.

British Medical Association Policy on Euthanasia

British Medical Association Policy on Euthanasia

That this Meeting recognises that there is a wide spectrum of views about the issues of physician assisted suicide and euthanasia and strongly opposes any changes in law for the time being.
(1997)

That this Meeting continues to be against the legalisation of euthanasia.
(1995)

That this Meeting categorically rejects the legalisation of euthanasia.
(1993)

American Medical Association Policy on Euthanasia

American Medical Association Policies: Euthanasia

Euthanasia is the administration of a lethal agent by another person to a patient for the purpose of relieving the patients intolerable and incurable suffering.

Declarations on Assisted Dying

The following Declarations were made at International Conferences of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies.

Conferences

The World Federation of Right To Die Societies meets every two years to exchange news and views, to elect Directors and Officers of the Federation, and to conduct other business.

Congress 2012

The next meeting will take place nin May 2012 in Z├╝rich, Switzerland and will be hosted by EXIT Deutsche Schweiz

Ensuring Choices for a Dignified Death

The World Federation, founded in 1980, consists of 45 right to die organizations from 26 countries. The Federation provides an international link for organizations working to secure or protect the rights of individuals to self-determination at the end of their lives.

The Federation:

Right-to-die activism and government crackdowns

At the same time that right to die organizations worldwide are working to secure laws for assisted dying, numerous individuals still use “extralegal” means to end their lives.

Euthanasia campaigner cheerful but defiant

Euthanasia campaigner cheerful but defiant

Sunday Star Times

www.stuff.co.nz

By FRANK HADEN, 13 April 2003

Foremost in Lesley Martin’s mind when I talked to her before her postponed voluntary euthanasia charge hearing in Wanganui District Court on Wednesday was her honeymoon. She married last night, wears her scintillating ring proudly and told me she hoped the court proceedings would not upset her plans.