Assisted suicide undermines medicine, targets the vulnerable, panel warns

Assisted suicide undermines the practice of medicine and endangers persons with disabilities, a panel of experts argued in an online event held on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

The event, titled “Deadly, Not Dignified,” was hosted by the Maryland Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the three Catholic dioceses in Maryland.

“Medicine is a noble profession. Physicians are committed to the practice of medicine and the preservation of human life,” said Dr. Marie Alberte Boursiquot, an internist and former president of the Catholic Medical Association.

“The taking of one’s life, even if a physician assists, is not medical care,” she said. “Physician-assisted suicide harms the patient, the patient-physician relationship, and undermines trust in medicine.”

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