by Margie Montgomery, Exec. Dir.

The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates voted not to affirm the report of its Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) to maintain opposition to assisted suicide, and sent the report back to committee for further review. The CEJA report, online forum and References Committee all recommended that the AMA maintain its position in opposition to assisted suicide. In spite of those recommendations, the House of Delegates voted 56% to 44% for further study.

In the interim, the AMA remains opposed to assisted suicide, absent a vote to actually change this position. There will likely be another battle at the next annual meeting in June of 2019.

Matt Valliere, Executive Director of the Patients’ Rights Action Fund, released this statement, “The American Medical Association’s decision to not confirm their own