Permission to die: California doctors no longer oppose assisted suicide

RT, May 21

The California Medical Association abandoned its 30-year opposition to physician-assisted suicide, removing a major obstacle to a bill currently being debated in the state legislature. It is the first state medical association in America to do so.

The CMA’s decision comes as the Monning-Wolk Senate Bill 128, also known as the End of Life Option Act, is coming up for a vote. If the bill is adopted, California would join Oregon, Montana, Washington and Vermont in legalizing assisted suicide.

CMA officials said they were motivated by the desire to preserve the doctor-patient relationship and made the decision after extensive consultations with lawmakers. The association’s spokeswoman, Molly Weedn, told Reuters the key concern was that doctors not be required to participate in assisted suicide or refer patients to a colleague who does.

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