Tell the Massachusetts Medical Society to oppose assisted suicide!
Last weekend, the Massachusetts Medical Society voted to end its long-standing position against assisted suicide. The organization now holds a neutral stance on the issue.
This is an unacceptable position for an organization made up of doctors to take. It is the role of the doctor to heal, not to harm, to save life and not to take it. This change is a step towards condoning assisted suicide. This must not be. Please sign this petition to the Massachusetts Medical Society urging them to reaffirm their commitment towards protecting and preserving life by opposing assisted suicide.
The earliest versions of the Hippocratic oath state: “The regimen I adopt shall be for the benefit of my patients … and not for their hurt or for any wrong. I will give no deadly drug to any, though it be asked of me, nor will I counsel such.”
Some will argue that a doctor’s role is to show compassion and that assisted suicide is “death with dignity.” However, this is simply wrong. A doctor’s role is to preserve life, not take it. There is nothing dignified or compassionate about a doctor killing a patient.
And don’t be mistaken. Physician-assisted and prescribed suicide will not be rare. It will become commonplace and less than voluntary.
Our elderly and our sick deserve to be loved, cherished, and respected. Assisted and prescribed suicide disposes of the weak in our society. It will lead to insurance providers refusing to provide terminal care because suicide would save money. It will pressure the elderly to “choose” suicide when asked so that they don’t become economic burdens on their families. But life is worth the cost!
As Archbishop Paul Etienne, a high ranking Catholic prelate, has said: healthcare providers should strive for the “elimination of as much suffering as we possibly can through moral practices that respect that dignity and sanctity of human life, but to help people to take their own life is a violation of principles of good medicine.”
We must affirm the dignity of the elderly and vulnerable and fight to prevent the legalization of physician-assisted and prescribed suicide.
As we know, life is precious at all stages and we must fight to protect it. The role of the doctor is to heal – thus it is completely incompatible for doctors to be involved in prescribing lethal medications to vulnerable patients.
Please sign this petition to the Massachusetts Medical Society arguing them to reaffirm their commitment towards protecting and preserving life by opposing assisted suicide.
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Oppose Assisted Suicide