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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 26, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Doctor-assisted death: It is unethical

In Froma Harrop’s column about Brittney Maynard and the “Death with Dignity” law, Harrop failed to explain the ethical battle that physicians face and how the law is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer [“ ‘Death with Dignity’ law is least slippery slope,” Opinion, Oct. 21].

Upon graduation from medical school, most physicians or medical professionals will recite the Hippocratic oath, which states “I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel.” By asking physicians to participate in physician-assisted suicide, it is an antithetical request for patients to ask in order for them to “end their pain and suffering.”

According to a study conducted by the World Medical Association, 67 percent of doctors oppose physician-assisted suicide.

I believe asking doctors to participate in doctor-assisted death is not just a slippery slope, but I believe it is unethical.

Michael Scott, Snohomish

Comments | More in Health | Topics: Death with Dignity, Froma Harrop, Michael Scott

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