Canada & NZ: ‘No’ to euthanasia

Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians published a statement opposing euthanasia and assisted suicide.

The chair of the New Zealand Medical Association stated that euthanasia is unethical and he further states,

If the NZMA condoned doctors taking a life, would we teach it at medical school? Would we have a course that teaches students to kill? And the ethical considerations do not stop there. Where should you put the line in the sand?

The NZMA code of ethics states:

“Doctors should bear in mind always the obligation of preserving life wherever possible and justifiable, while allowing death to occur with dignity and comfort. In such inevitable terminal situations, treatment applied with the primary aim of relieving patient distress is ethically acceptable, even when it may have the secondary effect of shortening life.”

Read more about this on Alex Schandenberg’s (Executive Officer and International Chair of Euthanasia Prevention Coalition) blog.

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