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Saturday, June 25, 2005

The AMA wants You DEAD!

The AMA is fighting legislation to take food and water off the medical neccessity list!

After the starvation and dehydration death of Terri Schiavo, some states are looking at proposals to make sure food and water are not removed from patients who can't make their own medical decisions and have not previously asked that they be deprived such care.

However, the AMA says it will oppose any legislation making that kind of determination.

Nancy Valko, of Nurses for Life and a leading monitor of end-of-life issues, says the need for the legislation the AMA opposes is great because many hospitals are adopting "medical futility policies." She indicates doctors and hospital officials are more quick to give up hope on treating a patient and deny further lifesaving medical treatment.

What ever happened to "TO HARM NONE"?

Also on Tuesday, the AMA reaffirmed existing policy saying it is ethical in some cases to stop life-sustaining treatment if the doctor believes it is in the patient's best interest.

What about what I believe is in MY best interest ?

So now we have to opt-in life? We have to ask not to die, and not assume our Dr. will be working in our best interest?