MSSNY Maintains Opposition To Assisted Suicide

The following statement can be attributed to Arthur Fougner, MD, President, Medical Society of the State of New York:

“As physicians, we value the importance of each person’s life. There are great disparities in access and quality of care at the end of life and we are particularly concerned about the impact of Medical Aid in Dying on vulnerable populations.”

“Medical Aid in Dying is a complex issue with great variations in the wishes of patients as to the application of care as they approach the end of their natural lifespan or are faced with a terminal illness. The Medical Society of the State of New York is opposed to physician assisted suicide, but we continue to examine the issue through MSSNY’s  Task Force on End of Life Care, which is looking at all aspects of the issue.  MSSNY is committed to work with physicians and groups on both sides of this difficult question to improve access and quality of palliative care for all of our patients, particularly in their last days.”

Source: “MSSNY Statement RE: Medical Aid In Dying,” mssnyenews.org

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