One of New York’s top medical associations reiterated its opposition to assisted suicide as lawmakers debate a bill to allow the practice.
The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) rejected a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medication to patients that have received terminal diagnoses. Dr. Arthur Fougner, the group’s president, acknowledged that end-of-life care is a “complex issue,” but said that any bid to legalize the practice would harm “vulnerable populations.”
“There are great disparities in access and quality of care at the end of life and we are particularly concerned about the impact of Medical Aid in Dying on vulnerable populations,” Dr. Fougner said in a statement. “The Medical Society of the State of New York is opposed to physician assisted suicide.”
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