|May 1, 2017
MMA Board Withdraws Opposition to Death with Dignity Legislation
The Board vote came in response to a membership survey in which nearly 600 members voted on the question of whether MMA's standing opposition to physician-assisted suicide or death with dignity should stand. The question also noted that opposition was consistent with the current provisions of the AMA Code of Medical Ethics. The results of the survey showed a sharp division within the membership on the question, with only three votes separating those members wishing to maintain opposition vs. those members supporting a change in the position. Given the division in the membership, with that division of opinion also replicated at the Board, the Board voted to withdraw its opposition but not to support the bill. Instead, MMA will remain neutral this session and review the issue through an ad hoc task force to be appointed by MMA President Charles Pattavina. The task force is expected to review the issue in depth and to prepare a White Paper on the topic for consideration at the MMA general membership meeting on September at the Annual Meeting.
MMA members wishing to volunteer to serve on the task force should contact MMA President Charles Pattavina at firstname.lastname@example.org or EVP Gordon Smith at email@example.com.
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