Doctors for Dignity Bulletin – November 2016
We sent the following email, part of a monthly series, to our Doctors for Dignity in November:
On November 8, Colorado voters will decide whether medical aid in dying should be authorized in their state. Lawmakers in Washington D.C. could vote to authorize medical aid in dying before the end of the year. The movement is approaching a tipping point.
Now, more than ever, physicians and medical societies must engage in the conversation, educate ourselves and our peers and ensure the highest standards of care. A timely article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine makes the case for “engaged neutrality”:
An organization’s political stance on [medical aid in dying] should be informed by its members’ views, but its level of engagement must answer to the needs of its patients. A state medical association’s response to legalization might have to account for both a divided membership and the opposition of its parent association, but the imperative to provide for the real needs of patients and the community justifies taking a position beyond rigid opposition or hands-off neutrality.
After reading, please forward the article to your state or local medical society, your specialty society and/or your AMA delegation. Doctor-to-doctor outreach is a crucial part of our strategy to neutralize medical society opposition to medical aid in dying. Click here for links to each state medical society.
Thanks for doing your part,
Rebecca Thoman, M.D.
Campaign Manager, Doctors for Dignity
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