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The National Catholic Bioethics Center
NCBC joins CMA in Applauding AMA for Opposing Physician Assisted Suicide
June 2019
© 2019 by The National Catholic Bioethics Center


Catholic Medical Association Applauds AMA
for Upholding Opposition to Assisted Suicide

PHILADELPHIA, PA– June 14, 2019 – NCBC has worked diligently with colleague agencies to encourage the American Medical Association to maintain its opposition to physician-assisted death as the AMA entertained a policy position of neutrality. Efforts by NCBC to coordinate with the Catholic Medical Association, the National Association of Catholic Nurses, USA, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability, and other like-minded agencies proved successful. We are fortunate to be able to enhance our impact by these coalitions.

PHILADELPHIA, PA– June 12, 2019 – The Catholic Medical Association applauds the American Medical Association (AMA) for upholding the dignity of life and remaining opposed to assisted suicide.

“The Catholic Medical Association commends the AMA on their commitment to life and good medicine, said CMA President, Dr. John Schirger.” “We remain steadfast to the protection of life in all of its stages and must continue to preserve the trust patients have in their physicians never to abandon them,” Dr. Schirger added. CMA believes the AMA’s overwhelming vote (71%) to oppose assisted suicide reinforces our efforts to present sound rationales for protecting every human life entrusted to health care professionals.

“The medical profession is based upon the commitment to heal and protect life even if a cure is not possible. Physician Assisted Suicide is incompatible with our role as physicians and undermines the trust patients have placed in us,” said Dr. Peter Morrow, Immediate Past President of CMA.

“Every human life, from conception until death, has innate human dignity from the Creator; and reason tells us that when the role of the healer is distorted to violate human life, the role of healer is delegitimized, resulting in a complete loss of societal trust in the profession. This vote has reversed this trend and is a great victory for society,” said Dr. Marie Hilliard, Co-Chair of CMA’s Ethics Committee.

CMA is hopeful that the AMA’s renewed opposition to assisted suicide will provide people with a better understanding of this matter. We will continue to spread the critical knowledge needed to ensure the lives of patients are never in jeopardy.

The Catholic Medical Association is a national, physician-led community of over 2,300 healthcare professionals consisting of 109 local guilds. CMA’s mission is to inform, organize, and inspire its members, in steadfast fidelity to the teachings of the Catholic Church, and to uphold the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine. 

The National Catholic Bioethics Center is a non-profit research and educational institute committed to applying the moral teachings of the Catholic Church to ethical issues arising in health care and the life sciences. The Center provides consultations to institutions and individuals seeking its opinion on the appropriate application of Catholic moral teachings to these ethical issues. Neither the Center's moral analyses nor any other project of the Center should be construed as an attempt to offer or render a legal or medical opinion or otherwise to engage in the practice of law or medicine, or other health care disciplines.