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Comment & Response
October 18, 2016

Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Vanderbilt University, Nashville VA GRECC, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 3Hadassah Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
JAMA. 2016;316(15):1600. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.14077

To the Editor The article by Dr Emanuel and colleagues1 reporting no widespread violation of regulations concerning euthanasia and PAS might suggest that legalizing PAS has no untoward consequences. Because many physicians support PAS but consider euthanasia wrong, an important question is whether legalization of PAS will inevitably lead to euthanasia. As the World Medical Organization and American Medical Association consider whether to withdraw their opposition to legalization of PAS, we argue that the distinction between euthanasia and PAS cannot hold based on 5 reasons.