8. This is a law that respects a doctor's choice.


According to the AMA's code of ethics...

"Doctors are obliged to respect the right of a severely and terminally ill patient to receive treatment for pain and suffering, even when such treatment may shorten a patient's life."

Some doctors object to Voluntary Assisted Dying on the basis of the Hippocratic Oath which instructs "do no harm". Others see leaving a dying patient to suffer as the opposite of "do no harm".

A Voluntary Assisted Dying law is voluntary for everyone. It respects and protects the rights of those doctors who object. Just as it protects and respects the rights of those doctors with a different ethical view.