WMA Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide


Adopted by the 44th World Medical Assembly, Marbella, Spain, September 1992
and editorially revised by the 170th WMA Council Session, Divonne-les-Bains, France, May 2005

Physician-assisted suicide, like euthanasia, is unethical and must be condemned by the medical profession. Where the assistance of the physician is intentionally and deliberately directed at enabling an individual to end his or her own life, the physician acts unethically. However the right to decline medical treatment is a basic right of the patient and the physician does not act unethically even if respecting such a wish results in the death of the patient.