Charles H. Baron, PhD, Professor of Law at Boston College Law School wrote in the 2004 book Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care and Patient Choice that:

“Despite the illegality of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia, many health care professionals admit to engaging in one or the other practice when they feel circumstances require it… Although the American Medical Association takes a public stand against physician-assisted suicide, it seems opposed only to its legalization, not to its practice. Despite a number of articles reporting fairly widespread practice of physician-assisted suicide–some of them published in the pages of its own journal–the association has not taken steps to find out who these physicians are in order to have them disciplined.”