Statement attributed to:
Andrew Gurman, M.D.
Immediate past president, American Medical Association

“Following deliberations today by the House of Delegates that reflected the thoughtful, morally admirable range of views on physician-assisted suicide, the existing guidance in the Code of Medical Ethics remains unchanged. Delegates referred the issue for additional information and discussion at a future policy-making meeting.

“Over the last two years, the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) solicited input and consulted with stakeholders representing the range of views on physician-assisted suicide.

“The Council’s work and resulting report have added clarity to the issue and emphasized that physicians from all perspectives share a common commitment to the core values of care, compassion, respect, and dignity for their patients.”

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