The World Medical Association has once again reaffirmed its continued strong opposition to euthanasia, reports Peter Saunders on his Christian Medical Comment blog.
The WMA’s resolution on euthanasia states that:
Euthanasia, that is the act of deliberately ending the life of a patient, even at the patient’s own request or at the request of close relatives, is unethical. This does not prevent the physician from respecting the desire of a patient to allow the natural process of death to follow its course in the terminal phase of sickness.
It also says the following with respect to assisted suicide:
Physicians-assisted suicide, like euthanasia, is unethical and must be condemned by the medical profession. Where the assistance of the physician is intentionally and deliberately directed at enabling an individual to end his or her own life, the physician acts unethically. However the right to decline medical treatment is a basic right of the patient and the physician does not act unethically even if respecting such a wish results in the death of the patient.
Despite the culture of death which is rapidly spreading throughout our world, as correctly predicted by Blessed John Paul II, it is encouraging to hear that our doctors are firmly of the opinion that euthanasia is wrong.