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Purpose of Medicine Is to Heal: Americans United for Life Affirms Patient Protections and Repudiates Suicide by Physician

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As more states consider passage of legislation which would legalize suicide by physician, Americans United for Life (AUL) stands strong with millions of advocates across the country by making clear that healthcare practitioners providing drugs intended to cause death is not a medicinal act. Recent stories such as the as the premature death of Neil Mahoney, profiled by Kaiser Health News, remind all Americans that it is vital that all persons be provided with life-saving care and respect.

“Every person, no matter their age, circumstance, or social status deserves the same amount of care and suicide prevention that we would offer a friend or family member,” said Tom Shakely, Chief Engagement Officer at Americans United for Life. “Medicine heals. Making fatal overdoses lawful doesn’t make the overdose medicinal. Real medical care means interventions intended to heal, not end the life of a patient. I implore leaders across our country as they consider this pivotal issue to ensure that physicians are allowed to continue their vital work of preserving life, rather than being coerced into ending life.”

In 2019, Americans United for Life submitted testimony against every effort in any state to legalize suicide by physician. AUL law and policy experts are national leaders on the issue of suicide by physician.

Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization that holds the distinction of being the first national pro-life organization in America—incorporated in 1971. It protects and defends human life from conception to natural death through vigorous legislative, judicial, and educational efforts.

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