Last updated on: 7/28/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Physicians for Compassionate Care Education Foundation (PCCEF) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Physicians for Compassionate Care oppose Physician Assisted Suicide because:

  • Doctor assisted suicide undermines trust in the patient-physician relationship
  • Doctor assisted suicide changes the role of the physician in society from the traditional role of healer to that of the executioner
  • Doctor assisted suicide endangers the value that society places on life, especially for those who are most vulnerable and who are near the end of life.”

“PCCEF Position on Physician Assisted Suicide,” PCCEF website (accessed July 28, 2009)

Description:

“When the voters of Oregon approved the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in 1994, many physicians in Oregon responded by forming an organization called the Physicians for Compassionate Care Education Foundation (PCCEF). PCCEF has worked to affirm an ethic that all human life is inherently valuable and affirm that physicians’ roles are to heal illness, alleviate suffering, and provide comfort for the sick and dying. Our members work to ensure appropriate care for their patients, to speak out for the inherent value of human life, and to uphold the time-honored values of the medical profession.”

“Our History,” PCCEF website (accessed July 28, 2009)

Mission:

“Physicians for Compassionate Care will promote compassionate care for severely-ill patient without sanctioning or assisting their suicide. Members affirm an ethic based on the principle that all human life is inherently valuable and that the physicians’ roles are to heal illness, alleviate suffering, and provide comfort for the sick and dying.”

“Our Mission,” PCCEF website (accessed July 28, 2009)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Would Improving Palliative Care Decrease Patient Requests for Physician-Assisted Suicide?