Medical associations: No to euthanasia

Medical associations: No to euthanasia

Medical associations: No to euthanasia
13.12.2014

The German Medical Association remains with its no to the suicide allowance. Doctors in this country would help to die, but not to die. However, since critically ill people also travel to neighboring Switzerland to receive euthanasia, the discussion about the controversial topic is likely to continue in this country as well.

No to suicide allowance Despite the discussion about euthanasia in politics and society, the Federal Medical Association in Germany is sticking to its no to suicide allowance. This is reported by the AFP news agency. A statement published on Friday after a board meeting of the German Medical Association states that all doctors in Germany apply that they should help to die but not to die. It is also reported that the professional regulations of the medical associations formulate nationwide that it is the job of doctors to "preserve life, protect and restore health, alleviate suffering and provide support to the dying".

Medical chief wants ban on commercial euthanasia organizations According to the dpa news agency, the position was presented by the president of the German Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, in the presence of the 17 regional representatives. There is no approach to change the professional code. One could not say that there is a patchwork in Germany in this position, although some regional medical associations differ in their professional codes from the wording of the Federal Medical Association. No legislative change is needed, Montgomery said to the policy adress, except a ban on professional euthanasia organizations.

"Suicide tourism" in Switzerland The discussion about the extremely controversial topic should continue after this no. Aid to suicide is prohibited in Germany as well as in most other European countries, but there is no correspondingly clear legal regulation in Switzerland. This is why some seriously ill Germans travel to neighboring countries for "suicide tourism". According to experts, common reasons for suicide in Switzerland include neurological diseases, cancer, rheumatic diseases and cardiovascular diseases. Often, those affected also suffered from several diseases at the same time. (ad)

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