Assessing Competency for Assisted Suicide Is Unethical

Posted January 10, 2019 4:46 pm by Alex Schadenberg

Assessing Competency for Assisted Suicide Is Unethical

Alex SchadenbergExecutive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A group of psychiatrists published a letter in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry titled: Assessing Competency for Physician-Assisted Suicide is Unethical in response to the letter by Yager et al: Working With Decisionally Capable Patients Who Are Determined to End Their Own Lives. Yager et al suggest that psychiatrists can assess a person who is asking for assisted suicide and a patient with psychiatric conditions, if decisionally capable, can be prescribed lethal drugs.Komrad et al state that assessing competency for assisted suicide is unethical. They argue:Dr Mark Komrad If, as we believe, PAS

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