The issue of physician assisted suicide
has attracted wide media attention and sixty amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs.
From Care in Dying: A Consideration of the Practices of Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide
by the Task Group of Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee.
(8) See, e.g., Kamisar, Physician Assisted Suicide
, supra note 5, at 1123-24, 1129-33, 1133-36.
This opinion is shared by the World Palliative Care Alliance and the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians in their assertion that Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide
are not now, and have never been, part of palliative care practice.
People with disabilities request this Court to recognize that cloaked in the false rhetoric of 'death with dignity,' physician assisted suicide
threatens the civil rights of a profoundly oppressed and marginalized people."
The WSMA believes physician assisted suicide
is fundamentally incompatible with the role of physicians as healers.