Green says he is adamantly opposed to physicians “ever becoming agents of death.” However, he says, in the case of physician-assisted suicide, doctors are not actively involved.
“In jurisdictions where physician-assisted suicide is permitted and where proper safeguards are in place to prevent depressed or otherwise ineligible people from access to lethal drugs, physicians play a standard medical role of ascertaining applicants’ eligibility for the appropriate medications. Then the physicians get out of the way,” Green writes.
Green is a professor of religion, the Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values, director of Dartmouth’s Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics, and a professor of community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine.
Read the full opinion piece, published 11/3/14 by CNN.