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World Medical Association opposes Physician Assisted Suicide

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29th May 2005

Adopted by the 44th World Medical Assembly, Marbella, Spain, September 1992 and editorially revised at the 170th Council Session, Divonne-les-Bains, France, May 2005:

Physician-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.

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