Willard A. Will Ricke, 86, Greensburg, passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Arbor Grove Village in Greensburg.Born, August 4, 1931 in Franklin County, he was the son of Edward and Louise Meyer R...
Pray for our Physicians and Health Care Workers as we entrust our selves and loved ones to their care. Holy Spirit, Come break down our walls of stone, let us not become indifferent or unmoved in front of the most beautiful gift God has given us, life.
On Monday the American Medical Association's (AMA) House of Delegates Voted NOT affirm the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs's (CEJA) report recommending no change to the AMA's long-standing policy against physician-assisted suicide:
"Physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician's role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks."
CEJA had undertaken an extensive two-year review of the AMA's policy with the consideration of adopting a neutral position. Not only did CEJA recommend retaining the policy but so did an overwhelming majority of AMA member comments in an online forum prior to the House of Delegates meeting. And the House of Delegates Reference Committee, after hearing overwhelming testimony in support of CEJA's recommendation, strongly urged the Delegates to vote in favor of the CEJA report. In spite of these recommendations, the House of Delegates voted 56% - 44% against affirming the report. The matter now goes back to CEJA for further review. In the interim, the AMA remains opposed to assisted suicide, absent a vote to actually change the position. There will likely be another battle at the next annual meeting in June of 2019.