Peter Rogatz, MD, MPH, Vice President of Compassion and Choices of New York, in a Nov.-Dec. 2001 Humanist article, "The Positive Virtues of Physician-Assisted Suicide: Physician-Assisted Suicide is Among the Most Hotly Debated Bioethical Issues of Our Time," stated:

“Physician-assisted suicide isn’t about physicians becoming killers. It’s about patients whose suffering we can’t relieve and about not turning away from them when they ask for help. Will there be physicians who feel they can’t do this? Of course, and they shouldn’t be obliged to. But if other physicians consider it merciful to help such patients by merely writing a prescription, it is unreasonable to place them in jeopardy of criminal prosecution, loss of license, or other penalty for doing so.”

Nov.-Dec. 2001