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Letter: Doctors are duty bound to extend their patients’ lives

Doctors are duty bound to extend their patients’ lives

The American Medical Association (AMA) is considering changing its decades-long position against doctor-prescribed suicide to one of “neutrality.” I am in opposition to this potential change and believe we must not allow the permission or legalization of doctor-prescribed suicide in any way.

The AMA is not the moral authority on these issues and we must protect human life at all stages, especially for the most vulnerable such as the frail and sick elderly.

As a medical professional, I believe we are in a healing profession and should have no part in accelerating a person’s death. This would greatly undermine the trust between the doctor and patient and the patient’s family.

Human life should be safeguarded at all stages of life.

Anne Ettipio, PharmD

West Seneca

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