Last updated on: 8/27/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

American Bar Association (ABA) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“The ABA takes no position on the wisdom or appropriateness of physician-assisted suicide legislation. The ABA recognizes that the issue involves difficult personal, religious, emotional, medical, legal and ethical considerations, as well as considerations of appropriate care alternatives, supportive services, pain relief, potential for abuse, legal protection, competency, and needed research in many fields. Because of this complexity and gravity, the ABA House of Delegates adopted only a position on process, affirming ‘that any consideration of the matter of physician-assisted suicide…should be left to be resolved by state legislatures and their electorates after extensive and informed public discussion.'”

“Letters to the 106th Congress,” www.abanet.org, Sep. 14, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“…[T]he largest voluntary professional association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.”

www.abanet.org (accessed Jun. 14, 2006)

Mission:

“The Mission of the American Bar Association is to be the national representative of the legal profession, serving the public and the profession by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the law.”

www.abanet.org (accessed Jun. 14, 2006)

Other:
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