67% of American doctors oppose the legalisation of physician assisted suicide

Townhall.com Staff
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Posted: Sep 16, 2013 1:56 PM
An on-line poll of readers of the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the majority of American doctors are against physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Based on 5,205 respondents from 72 countries, the poll showed that 67% of US readers opposed legalising PAS and a majority supported the practice in only 18 US states. Interestingly, this did not include Washington or Oregon, where PAS is already legal. Overall, 1,712 readers cast votes in the US. The main reasons provided for opposing the practice were that it violates a doctors' oath to do no harm and that it would likely lead to the legalisation of euthanasia, a far less palatable practice.