In last week’s AAPLOG member update, we promised to bring you information on The American Medical Association (AMA) taking a vote on assisted suicide at its annual meeting in June. We have new details on this vote from our friends at the Patients Rights Action Fund:
At its June 9-13 annual meeting in Chicago, the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates will review the report of the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) which reaffirms AMA Code of Medical Ethics provisions in opposition to physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia (report attached). It is imperative that the House of Delegates accept this report which will resolve the issue for many years to come.
Here is how you can help:
If you are a member of the AMA House of Delegates, please attend the June 9-13 meeting to speak and vote in favor of the CEJA Report which reaffirms AMA Code of Medical Ethics provisions in opposition to physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.
If you are a member of the AMA but not a member of the House of Delegates, please join numbers of physicians who plan to testify in favor of the CEJA report at the Sunday, June 10th 8:30am Reference Committee meeting. Please notify Dr. Jeff White if you plan to testify: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are not a member of the AMA or a delegate, please contact House of Delegate members in your state and ask them to attend and vote in favor of the CEJA report (Board of Delegates list attached).
Please comment at the online forum on the AMA website to express your support of the CEJA report. An AMA member log-in is required.
The AMA allows the following groups and organizations to be entitled to a seat(s) in the AMA House of Delegates: https://www.ama-assn.org/member-organizations-ama-house-delegates. If you are a member of one of these groups, please consider asking for a seat in the House of Delegates for the June meeting.
Urge delegates and alternates to speak in favor of the CEJA report/recommendation when it is discussed at state and regional caucus meetings prior to the June House of Delegates meeting.
Your assistance is vital to the outcome of this effort. Thank you.
Barbara L. Lyons
609-759-0322, Ext. 501 (o)
414-322-6689 (c)Thanks for standing with us.
Donna J. Harrison M.D.
American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Members of the House of Delegates November 2017.pd