Lahey Clinic Medical Ethics Lecture Series: The Arguments Against Question 2

Richard V. Aghababian, MDThis week, MMS President Richard V. Aghababian, MD, spoke at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, presenting the MMS position against the physician-assisted suicide referendum on the Massachusetts ballot.

Dr. Aghababian said, “Physician participation in assisted suicide is fundamentally at odds with our duty to be healers.”

He added, “Our medical society first voted against physician-assisted suicide in 1999. It was reaffirmed in a vote nearly a year ago. At the same time, we reiterated our commitment to provide physicians who treat terminally ill patients with ethical, medical, social and legal education and resources.”

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