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Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

“I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.”  Hippocratic Oath

The statement above is the foundational moral principle of medicine, pledged by doctors for centuries as they attempt to cure and relieve suffering without injuring the patient. It’s a principle being eroded by the movement to legalize physician-assisted suicide (PAS) and euthanasia. When combined with an impersonal and technological healthcare system, the movement to support PAS has proven lethal. Prescribed suicide is an immoral slippery slope that corrupts the doctor-patient trust. Put simply, it’s dangerous. And it’s not just dangerous for the physicians and healthcare workers, but it’s also dangerous for our country, our healthcare system and for every patient.

We are committed to providing the most up-to-date information on the legislative, ethical and medical aspects of the fight against the legalization of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. We’ve compiled a great amount of resources that you can use to educate yourself and others about this important issue. So get involved today: talk about the issue with your friends, write your senators and send a letter to your local newspaper to let others know how important this issue is for your state and our country.

“Physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult to control and would pose serious societal risks.”  Code of Ethics, American Medical Association

Latest Information

Council on Judicial and Ethical Affairs Report

The much-anticipated CEJA report on physician-assisted suicide was finally issued this month. Many individuals and organizations submitted oral and written testimony to CEJA, including CMDA and our members. In this week’s blog post, Dr. David Stevens breaks down the committee’s results and how you can get involved moving forward.

California judge overturns assisted suicide

News Release | May 16, 2018

The nation's largest faith-based organization, the 19,000-member Christian Medical & Dental Associations, today hailed a California judge's ruling in its lawsuit against assisted suicide in California.

Lessons Learned: Facing Physician-Assisted Suicide

Articles | March 01, 2018

Dr. Rachel B. DiSanto shares how she learned how to stand up for Christian principles in the fight against physician-assisted suicide in this article published in the spring 2018 edition of Today's Christian Doctor.

Christian Doctor's Digest - January 2018

Christian Doctor's Digest | January 10, 2018

Christian Doctor's Digest is now a monthly podcast, and in this edition Dr. David Stevens is joined by Laurence Worthen, the Executive Director of Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada, with an update on physician-assisted suicide in Canada, as well as Nathan D’Jiim, one of the speakers at the Remedy Conference.

Q&A with David Barbe, MD

Articles | December 01, 2017

In this article from the winter 2017 edition of Today's Christian Doctor, CMDA has an exclusive interview with David Barbe, MD, the President of the American Medical Association.

Imminent Death Organ Donation Position Statement

Ethics Statements | May 08, 2017

CMDA affirms the sacredness of every human life, recognizing that life is a gift from God and has intrinsic value because all human beings are made in His image and likeness. For persons with illness that threatens life or health, organ transplantation may offer hope of a longer, healthier life. CMDA affirms ethical organ donation, meaning organ donation that is not coerced, in which organs are not purchased or sold, and through which vulnerable persons are not exploited or killed by vital organ procurement. 

The Effect of legalizing Assisted Suicide on Palliative Care and Suicide Rates

Articles | April 11, 2017

Rebuttal article published by the Charlotte Lozier Institute in response to Compassion & Choices claim that Medical Aid In Dying laws have improved palliative care. The Effect of legalizing Assisted Suicide on Palliative Care and Suicide Rates

10 Reasons DC Assisted Suicide Should Be Overturned

Articles | By Jonathan Imbody | February 07, 2017

Eleven members of the District of Columbia Council decided in November 2016 to legalize assisted suicide, paving the way to providing DC citizens with lethal pills to kill themselves. 

CMA Letter to Congress on DC Assisted Suicide

Letters | January 26, 2017

Christian Medical Association letter on behalf of our members opposing "The Death with Dignity Act of 2015." Supporting document is pending publication.

Download file Letter opposing Death with Dignity Act of 2015

Engage Your Government

How can Christians in healthcare address important issues facing healthcare in today's culture? In this collaborative article published in the winter 2016 edition of Today's Christian Doctor, CMDA members offer their advice for the best ways to engage with our government.

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