Monday, November 26, 2012

Hawaii Medical Association Rejects Assisted Suicide

Serving Hawaii since 1856, the Hawaii Medical Association (HMA) is a voluntary, professional membership organization for physicians, resident physicians, and medical students in the state of Hawaii. HMA is dedicated to serving physicians, their patients, and the community through representation, advocacy, and public service. HMA is part of the American Medical Association (AMA) and is the parent organization for Hawaii's five component medical societies that operate independently, but in a network with the HMA in all four counties in the State of Hawaii. In the last several decades, medical technology has made tremendous advances in saving and extending lives. As a result, life expectancy has increased dramatically.

The Hawaii Medical Association, along with the American Medical Association, oppose any bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide or death. We believe physician-assisted suicide to be unethical and fundamentally inconsistent with the pledge all physicians take to devote themselves to healing and life.

Christopher D. Flanders, D.O.
Executive Director
Hawaii Medical Association

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Teen Wakes as Doctors Prepare to Harvest Her Organs

Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

There have been several reports in the past few years about people who are being prepared for organ donation, who wake up or shows "signs of life." These stories create a distrust in society concerning the practice of organ donation and it leads to fewer people willing to be organ donors. The abuse of organ donation related to the wish to procure more organs for an endless demand for organ donation may be leading to sloppy evaluations by some physicians, while other physicians consider people who appear to be nearing death as suitable organ donors because they "will die anyway." Read more

Euthanasia by any other name

Paul Russell,

Euthanasia by any other name is still the deliberate taking of a human life and politicians are right to reject it. Read more

A matter of trust

Martin Cullen,

If we are seriously debating euthanasia, is it any wonder that so many patients are suspicious of hospital doctors? Read more

Friday, November 23, 2012

Words to live by

“The role of taker of life must never be assigned to a physician; in any case, the law must never permit him to perform it, for this would jeopardize and perhaps destroy the physician’s role in society. A patient must never have to suspect that his physician might become his executioner."
 ~Hans Jonas, ethicist