Opinion The Linacre Quarterly 2018, Vol. 85(2) 102-105 The American Medical ª Catholic Medical Association 2018 Reprints and permission: sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav Association and Physician- DOI: 10.1177/0024363918764479 journals.sagepub.com/home/lqr Assisted Suicide Frederick J. White III, MD In June 1993, Dr. Jack Kevorkian had assisted in the which have been in the code for decades, through the suicides of sixteen persons (Gibbs 1993, 34). At that resolution process” (AMACEJA 2016, 165). time, a new organization, Compassion in Dying, had In that same meeting, the AMA House of Dele- been formed in Seattle to promote assisted suicide gates rejected a resolution from Louisiana which stated: and to screen patients and then instruct them in the most effective way to take a lethal dose of drugs to accomplish that end (New Group Offers to Help the RESOLVED, That our American Medical Asso- Ill Commit Suicide 1993, 32). “California Proposi- ciation not change its policies on opposition to tion 161” proposing to establish assisted suicide by physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia to poli- statute had failed 46 percent to 54 percent in Novem- cies of neutrality or endorsement on the issue of ber 1992. However, in Oregon, a coalition of groups physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia. (American was
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