Last updated on: 4/10/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

American Cancer Society Biography

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

“Several states now have laws allowing doctors to write prescriptions for lethal doses of medicine for terminally ill patients who wish to end their lives. Patients in these states must meet many requirements before they can qualify to hasten their deaths. Even then, not all doctors in these states will write such prescriptions even for people who meet all the requirements. Doctors can refuse to prescribe these drugs based on conscience.

All of these states prohibit active euthanasia, which means no one else can administer the lethal dose of medicine. The patient must do that for him or herself.

“Advance Directives Frequently Asked Questions,” cancer.org, May 18, 2016

Description:

“The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Our Global Headquarters are located in Atlanta, Georgia, and we have regional and local offices throughout the country to ensure we have a presence in every community. Learn more about who we are, what we do, and our plans for the future by exploring the areas below.”

“Who We Are,” cancer.org (accessed Apr. 10, 2018)

Mission:

“The American Cancer Society‚Äôs mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.”

“Mission Statement,” cancer.org, Jan. 12, 2017

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. What Is a Health Care Power of Attorney?