Kathleen Foley, MD, Professor in the Department of Neurology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and Herbert Hendin, MD, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College, wrote in the introduction to their 2002 book, The Case against Assisted Suicide: For the Right to End-of-Life Care:

“Many proponents of legalization maintain that opposition to legalization is fundmentally religious in nature and that secular objections are only a cloak for underlying moral convictions concerning the sanctity of life…

It is worth noting that such nonreligious organizations as the American Medical Association, the American Geriatrics Society, the American Hospital Association, and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization are strongly opposed to legalization for reasons that are obviously medical and social.”