An open letter from doctors around the world to medical ethicists and lawmakers

DOCTORS WANT NO PART
in EUTHANASIA and ASSISTED SUICIDE


Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide are not part of Medicine

As medical doctors, we are committed to supporting people to both live and die with dignity and comfort.

We are determined that state-of-the-art care should be available for people who are dying and also for people suffering from chronic disease, disability or mental illness.

We believe that universal and equitable access to effective pain and symptom management, including mental healthcare and palliative care, is a fundamental human right.

We fully support the right of a person with decision-making capacity to decline a treatment offered to them.

We support clinicians and patients agreeing to withdraw or withhold burdensome and ineffective treatment in favour of supportive and palliative care.

We believe that doctors have the training and skill to promote and maintain a caring doctor-patient relationship.

It is our view that skilful and effective pain management neither requires nor uses lethal doses of drugs.

We believe neither assisted suicide nor euthanasia is a medical procedure. Doctors should play no role in the regulation, or practice, of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

We are especially concerned with protecting vulnerable people who can feel they have become a burden to others, and we are committed to supporting those who find their own life situations a heavy burden.

We endorse the views of Medical Associations around the world which hold that physician assisted suicide and euthanasia are unethical, even if they are made legal.

“Leave doctors to focus on advocating for patients – to cure sometimes, to relieve often and to comfort always.”

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The organisers have sought, and continue to seek, support for this open letter from currently practicing medical doctors within participating countries, and every reasonable effort is made to verify that they hold a valid practicing certificate or licence. The list of supporting doctors is published in good faith with a commitment to correct any errors, but the organisers disclaim any liability for published names found to be ineligible.

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Total Number of Signatories: 299

  • Agnes Schrader, MD, United States
  • Alan Barrie Fraser, MD, Canada
  • Alan Malcolm Donoghue, MB.ChB. (Otago) MBA FRANZCOG, New Zealand
  • Alan McPherson, MB BCh BAO MRCP(UK) PG Dip, United Kingdom
  • Alan Patrick Nigel RANKIN, MB.,BS FCICM, New Zealand
  • Alanna Fitzpatrick, MD, FRCSC, Canada
  • Alexandra Zyla, MD, Canada
  • Alice li, MBCHB, New Zealand
  • Alison Leggett, MD/CCFP, Canada
  • Alvin Loh, MD, Canada
  • Amanda Landers, MBChB FRACP, New Zealand
  • Ana Maria Liebich, family physician, Canada
  • Andre Jakubow, MD CCFP (FPA), Canada
  • Andreas Wielgosz, BSc MSc MD PhD FRCPC, Canada
  • Andrew Cave, MB ChB FCFP FRCGP, Canada
  • Andrew Chancellor, MBChB, MD, FRACP, FRCP, New Zealand
  • Andrew Johnson, MD, FRCPC, Canada
  • Andrew Robinson, BM FRCA, New Zealand
  • Andrew Taylor, MD CCFP, Canada
  • Anita Showalter, DO, United States
  • Annabelle Claridge, MBChB, PGCert Med Sc, New Zealand
  • Astrid Elisabeth Adams, MBBS, FRACP, MSc Palliative Medicine, Diploma Education, New Zealand
  • Barbara MacKalski, MD FRCPC, Canada
  • Barbara Sheehy-Skeffington, MB BAO BCh, Ireland {Republic}
  • Barbara Susang-Talamo, MD, United States
  • Benjamin Pearson, MBCHCB, MRCPCH, FRACP, New Zealand
  • Brett (Brick) Alan Lantz, MD, United States
  • Brett Mann, MB, ChB. FRNZCGP. MGP(dist), New Zealand
  • Bronwyn Lamond, MBChB, PGDipOMG, New Zealand
  • Bryan Kenneth Stout, MBChB, New Zealand
  • Carley C Robertson, M.D., United States
  • Carlos Lara, MD, BSc, MSc, CCFP, Canada
  • Carol Johnson, M.B.; Ch.B. (S.A.); F.F.Rad.T. ( S.A.); F.R.A.N.Z.C.R., New Zealand
  • Catherine Ellis, MBChB FRNZCGP, New Zealand
  • Catherine Ferrier, MDCM CCFP FCFP, Canada
  • Catherine Mary Byrne, MBBS, MRCGP, FRNZCGP, MPallCare, DipPaed, DipObs+Gyn, New Zealand
  • Celeste Retief-Zarrabi, MBChB, FCPaed(SA), MMED Paeds, New Zealand
  • Celia Ona, MD, United States
  • Christopher Gale, MBChB MPH FRANZCP, New Zealand
  • Christopher Newcombe, MD, Canada
  • Claire Rice, MB BChir MA PhD FHEA FRCP, United Kingdom
  • Clare Kendall, MBBS, United Kingdom
  • Colleen Bergin, MBChB, New Zealand
  • Côté Alain, Omnipraticien, Canada
  • Côté Christian, MD, CSPQ, FRCP,ABNM, Canada
  • Craig Nakatsuka, MD, United States
  • Dale Michels, MD, United States
  • Dan Poenaru, MD, FRCSC, Canada
  • Daniel P. Sulmasy, MD, PhD, United States
  • Daniel Riegert, MD, FRCPC, Canada
  • Daniel Viens, MD, FRCPC, Canada
  • Darrell Vandenbrink, MD, Canada
  • David Beyda, MD, MD, United States
  • David Gregory Kent, MB ChB, FRANZCO, New Zealand
  • David Isa, MD FRCSC, Canada
  • David Mark Lane-Smith, MD, FRCSC, Canada
  • David W Kissane AC, MB BS, MPM, MD, FRANZCP, FAChPM, FACLP, Australia
  • Dennis M. Sullivan. MD. MA. FACS, MD, MA (Ethics), FACS, United States
  • Deon Claassens, MBCHB, New Zealand
  • Derek Hitchman, MD, Family Practice, Canada
  • Desmond O’Neill, MD FRCPI FRCP(Glasg) FRCP FRCPEdin, Ireland {Republic}
  • Dominic Whitehouse, MBChB, MSc, PGDip Pall Med, PGCert Conf Dev, FRCP, AFOM, DCH, DTM&H,, United Kingdom
  • Dominique Garrel, M.D., Canada
  • donato gugliotta, Medical Doctor- Gen Pract practicing Anesthesia, Canada
  • Douglas Bridge, BMedSc (Hons), MBBS, FRACP, FRCP, FAChPM,DTM&H, Australia
  • Douglas Maskall, MD FRCPC, Canada
  • Dr Agnes Tanguay, Family Medicine, Canada
  • Dr Anthony J Kriechbaum, MBChB; MPH; FRNZCGP; FNZCPHM(Rtd), New Zealand
  • Dr Carol Davis, MA MBBS FRCP, United Kingdom
  • Dr Cliodhna Donnely, MB, MPH, DCh, MD, Ireland {Republic}
  • Dr Estelle Destrée, Praticien Hospitalier spécialiste en soins palliatifs, France
  • Dr Evelyne Huglo, M.D., Canada
  • DR F G ELLIS SCOTT, MD. FRCS. FACS, Canada
  • Dr Gregory Raymond, MD, FRCP(C), Canada
  • Dr Jayne McAuley, M.B., B.A.O,. B.Sc., FRCP(UK), United Kingdom
  • Dr John Buchanan, MBBS, M.MED, DPM, FRACP, FRANZCP, Australia
  • Dr Juliet Fleming, MB.BS. JPCGP, Dip Pal Med (dist), Clin Dip Pal Med., New Zealand
  • Dr Madelyn Hicks, MD, FRCPsych, United States
  • Dr Maeve O’Reilly, MB BCH BAO FRCPI, Ireland {Republic}
  • Dr Mark Howard, MB BCh, United Kingdom
  • Dr Matthew Doré, MB.ChB BSc MRCP PGCME, United Kingdom
  • Dr Thye Kae LEOW, MBBS(Qld), DIH, FRNZCGP, New Zealand
  • Dr. Alice Westlake, BSc, MD, Canada
  • Dr. Barbara Maria Powell, MD, CCFP, Canada
  • Dr. Betty-Anne Story, BSc, MSc, PhD, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Canada
  • Dr. Claire Zilber, MD, United States
  • Dr. David Chan, MD CCFP MSc FCFP, Canada
  • Dr. Edward J Rzadki, MD FRCPC, Canada
  • Dr. Jane Dobson, MD. FCFP, Canada
  • Dr. Mario Hernando Tobia, MD, CTE, MD (Pediatrics, Endocrinology & Metabolism), United States
  • Dr. Paul Fredette, HBSc MD CCFP FCFP, Canada
  • Dr. Peter John bannister, MBChB FRNZCGP, New Zealand
  • Dr. Philip Malinas, M.D., United States
  • Dr. Ramona Coelho, Mdcm ccfp, Canada
  • Dr. Simone Loch, MD, Canada
  • Edmond Kyrillos, MD, CCFP, Canada
  • Elisabeth Fuvel-Girodias, généraliste, Canada
  • Eoin Duggan, MB BCh BAO MRCPI, Ireland {Republic}
  • Eric Hussar, MD, United States
  • Erik Grangaard, Specialist Paediatrician, New Zealand
  • Evelyn Lamble, MBChB, New Zealand
  • Ewan Goligher, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Canada
  • Falardeau, Geneviève, spécialiste en médecine familiale, Canada
  • Feargal Twomey, MB FRCPI, Ireland {Republic}
  • Felipe E Vizcarrondo, MD, MA (Ethics), United States
  • Fiona Salies, MBCHB/FRNZCGP, New Zealand
  • Francis Leslie Ervin, MD FRCPC, Canada
  • Francis Schell MD, MDCM, United States
  • Francois Brissette, MD, Canada
  • François Primeau, MD, FRCPC, Founder, Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty, Canada
  • Gabriel Lemoine, MD, Canada
  • Geoffrey Ibbotson, MSc, MD, FRCSC, FACS, Canada
  • Girodias Jean-Bernard, MD, pédiatre urgentiste, Canada
  • Gisela Macphail, MD, MPH, FRCPC, Canada
  • Gonzalo Garcia Guerra, MD MSc PhD, Canada
  • Gordon Arthur Veale, BHB MB ChB FRACS, New Zealand
  • Gregg Schmedes, MD, United States
  • Greville Wellesley Wood, MBChB (UCT) FRNZCGP, New Zealand
  • Habib rahman, DSM FRACS, New Zealand
  • Hammond Gwyn Williamson, MB ChB dip Obs Dip MSM, New Zealand
  • Hazel Wilks, MBChB, New Zealand
  • Ian Gwynne-Robson, MD CCFP FCFP FAChPM, New Zealand
  • Ibrahim Mohamed, MD. PhD., Canada
  • Ilse-Lynette Hofmeyr, MBChB DipHlthSc(pall care), New Zealand
  • Isabel Nunes, MD, Canada
  • J Raymond DePaulo, Jr. , M.D., M.D., United States
  • Jacqueline Chow, MD, CCFP, Canada
  • Jacques Beaudoin, Cardiologist, Canada
  • Jacques Rouleau, MD, CSQP, FRCP, Canada
  • James A. Avery, MD, CMD, FACP, FAAHPM, FACP, MD, United States
  • James Ellison, MD, United States
  • James Grady Crosland, MD, MA(Religious Studies), United States
  • James Michael Fite, MD, United States
  • Jamie Michael Evans, MBChB (Otago), FRANZCR, New Zealand
  • Jan Stanislaw Zuchelkowski, M.D., CCFP, Canada
  • Jane McKee, MBChB, FRACP, New Zealand
  • Janice Halpern, MD FRCPC, Canada
  • Jean-Francois Collet, MD, FMH specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy, Switzerland
  • JENNIFER PALMER, MD, United States
  • Jeremy Maarschalk, BSc (Hons) MBBS MRCSEd, New Zealand
  • Jesse Fontaine, MD, Canada
  • Jessica Svitek, MD, Canada
  • Joe Nemeth, MD CCFP EM FCFP, Canada
  • John Maher, MD FRCPC, Canada
  • John R Pike, Physician Assistant, United States
  • John Y. Rhee, MD, MPH, United States
  • Jonathan Ponesse, MD RCPSC, Canada
  • José A. Morais, MD, FRCPC, Canada
  • Joseph Rene Guy Lupien, MD.CFPC(EM), Canada
  • Josephine Glaser, MD, FAAFP, MD, FAAFP, United States
  • Juan R Fabregat, MD, EdD, MMM, FACC, FHRS, Mexico
  • Judith Millar, MbChB, FRNZCGP, New Zealand
  • Judy Glass, MDCM, Canada
  • Julia Bright, MD, Canada
  • Julia Cataudella, MD, Canada
  • Julia Cole, MB ChB, New Zealand
  • Justine Mesui, MBCHB, FRNZCGP, New Zealand
  • Karen Ryan, MB BCh BAO FRCPI, Ireland {Republic}
  • Katalin Margittai, MD FRCPC, Canada
  • Katie Kirwan, MD, Canada
  • Kenneth R. Stevens, Jr., M.D., M.D. University of Utah Medical School 1966, United States
  • Kerry J. Corboy, MD, United States
  • Keryn Powell, MBChB, Dip Paeds, New Zealand
  • Kimberly Hogan Pesaniello, Medicine/Psychiatry, United States
  • Kimberly Kilgore, MD, United States
  • Kirsty Good, MBChB, FRNZCGP, New Zealand
  • Lane, John I. (Jack), M.D., MD, United States
  • Laurence Normand-Rivest, Family Physician, Canada
  • Leslie Hartley Gise MD, Psychiatry, MD DFAPA, United States
  • Liette Pilon, Md ( family practice), Canada
  • Lilian Lee Yan Vivas, BSc MD FRCPC, Canada
  • Lim Jieton, MBBS, New Zealand
  • Linda Swab, MD, Canada
  • Lisa Gilbert, MD, United States
  • Lisa K. Catapano-Friedman, M.D., M.D., United States
  • louis morissette md frcp, md frcp, Canada
  • Lubomir Alexov, CCFP(PC), Canada
  • LUC CHAUSSE, Family Medecine, Canada
  • Lucy Balding, MB BA BCh BAO(Hons), MSc, MRCPI, Ireland {Republic}
  • Luigi A. Castagna MD, MD, FRCP(C), Canada
  • Lynn Boissonnault, MD, BScN, Canada
  • Lynn Kealey Webb MD FRCP(C), MD, FRCP(C)- Psychiatry, Canada
  • Maebh Tynan, MB BCH BAO, Canada
  • Mahmood Jahromi, MD., United States
  • Major Bertrand, M.D. CSPQ (psychiatrie), Canada
  • Marc Fishman, MD, United States
  • Margaret Berry, MCGill MDCM, FRCPC pediatrics, Canada
  • Margaret S Chisolm, MD, Board-certified in Psychiatry and in Addiction Medicine, United States
  • Marie Twomey, MB FRCPI, Ireland {Republic}
  • Marie-Claude Bourque, MD, Canada
  • Mario Douyon de Azevedo, MD, Canada
  • Marise Ailsa Brice, MBChB, Dip Obs, Dip Sleep Med, FRNZCGP, New Zealand
  • Mark Dubé, MD FCFP (EM,PC,AM) CISAM, Canada
  • Mark J Rollo, Board Certified Family Physician, United States
  • Mark S. Komrad MD, MD, United States
  • Mark Wickham, MBChB MMedAnatPath FRCPA, New Zealand
  • Marla Williams, BSc, MD, PGDip PallMed, New Zealand
  • Martin Lambert Minnee, BHB MBChB Dip Obs Dip Paeds FRNZCGP, New Zealand
  • Martin Owen, MD CCFP, Canada
  • martin searle, BM. FRACP, New Zealand
  • Mary Jane O Leary, MB BAO BSc BCH, Ireland {Republic}
  • Mary McDevitt, MbChb,Racgp rnzcgp, Australia
  • Mary OConnor, BSc, MD, Canada
  • Maryann Watson, MBBCh FRNCGP, New Zealand
  • Matthew Lotz, M.D., United States
  • Max Watson, MBChB FRCGP, United Kingdom
  • Melissa James, MBBS Bsc (hons), New Zealand
  • MELODIE PREM-SMITH, MD, CCFP, DTM&H, Canada
  • Merville O. Vincent, BA,M.D.CM. FRCP(C), M.D.C.M. F.R.C P.( C), Canada
  • Michael Bouhadana, MDCM,CCFP(PC), Canada
  • Michael Fielden, MD FRCSC, Canada
  • Michel Brouillard, MD, Canada
  • Michel de Maupeou, Family Practionner, Canada
  • Mikulas Pavlovsky, Family Physician, Canada
  • Miriam Colleran, MB BCh BAO DCH Dip Clin Psychiatry MRCGP MD, Ireland {Republic}
  • Nancy Craig, MD CM, CCFP, FCFP, Canada
  • Natalia Novosedlik Leong, MD, CCFP, Canada
  • Nathalie de Grandpré, General practice, Canada
  • Nathalie Steiner Collet, Titre FMH Médecine interne 1993 Genève, Switzerland
  • Nazeeha Bajoory-Kettoola, MBChB, New Zealand
  • Neil Scolding, FRCP (UK), United Kingdom
  • Nigel Bark MD, MB, BChir (MD, New York State), FRCPsych, LFAPA, United States
  • Nisha Fernandes, MD, FRCPC, Canada
  • Oliver Menzies, MBChB, FRACP, New Zealand
  • Oneira J Meyer, MBChB, FRNZCGP, New Zealand
  • Pamela Joseph, MD, FRCPC, Canada
  • Paul Drouin, Family Doctor, United States
  • paul galessiere, MD FRCSC, Canada
  • Paul Gregan, MB BCh BAO MICGP MRCGP, Ireland {Republic}
  • Paul R. McHugh, MD, United States
  • Peter Daley, MD MSc FRCPC DTM+H, Canada
  • Peter William Tribe, MBBS, FRNZGP, MPH, New Zealand
  • Philip Harrison, BSc MB ChB MRCP FRNZCGP, New Zealand
  • Philip Stratford, MD, Canada
  • Prof Sean Gaine, MB Bch BAO PhD FRCPI, Ireland {Republic}
  • Professor Frank Bloomfield, MBChB, MRCP (UK), FRACP, BSc (Hons), PhD, New Zealand
  • Professor Matthew Hotopf, CBE, BSc, MBBS,MSc, PhD, FRCPsych, FMedSci, United Kingdom
  • R. Paul Post, Jr. MD, M.D., FAAFP, United States
  • Rachel Robertson, MBChB, New Zealand
  • Randolph Sellers, MD, United States
  • RANIVONTSOARIVONY, Endocrinologist, Madagascar
  • Rebecca Capasso, MD, United States
  • Renata Sava, MDCM, CCFP, Canada
  • Rene Leiva, MD CM, CCFP, FCFP, Canada
  • Richa Gautami, MD, United States
  • Richard A Watson, MD, United States
  • Richard Budensiek, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, United States
  • Richard Florentine, MD, MD, United States
  • Rob Pankratz, MD, Canada
  • Rob Wilks, MbChB (Otago) NZ, New Zealand
  • Robert Frazer, MD,CM, CCFP, Canada
  • Robert Herman, M.D. DLFAPA, United States
  • Robert Wilson, MD, PhD, M.D., United States
  • RODOLFO DOMINGUEZ, MD, CCFP, Canada
  • Ronald W. Pies, MD, M.D. Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical U. Syracuse NY, United States
  • Roseline LeBel Caron, MD, Canada
  • Salina Iupati, MBChB, FRAZCGP, FAChPM, New Zealand
  • Salvador Guinjoan, MD, PhD, Argentina
  • Sephora Tang, MD FRCPC, Canada
  • Sharon Quick, MD, United States
  • Shauna Burkholder, MD, FRCPC, Canada
  • SIJISUSANGEORGE, MBBS MD IDCCM CRIT CARE(UofT), Canada
  • sinead donnelly, MD, FRCPI, FRACP, New Zealand
  • Stephan Odenat, General practice, Haiti
  • Stephanie A. Popiel, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Canada
  • Stephanie Skow, MD, United States
  • Stephen George Withington, MBChB, FRACP, FDRHMNZ, New Zealand
  • Stephen Halpern, MD FRCPC, Canada
  • Stephen Springle, MD, Canada
  • Stuart Graeme Parker, MB BS, MRCP(UK), MD, United Kingdom
  • Sudhakar Madakasira, MD, United States
  • Susan Grindlay, MbChB, FRNZCGP, New Zealand
  • Suzie Benoit, family doctor, Canada
  • Sze Wan Sit, M.D., C.M., C.C.F.P., Canada
  • Tae Young Hong, MD, CCFP, Canada
  • Tania Rosaria Bruno, MD, FRCPC, Canada
  • Tanya Wilton, MBChb FACEM, New Zealand
  • Therese Boyle, MB BCh BAO, Ireland {Republic}
  • Thomas J Borys, BSc PhD MD, Canada
  • Timothy M Riegel, MD, FRCSC, Canada
  • Tony Thrasher, D.O., DFAPA, D.O., United States
  • Trevor Stammers FRCGP, FRCGP, United Kingdom
  • Trish Reeves, FRNZCGP, New Zealand
  • Trudy Jane Garrett Ballantine, BSc MBChB FRCA FANZCA, New Zealand
  • Tupu Ioane-Cleverley, MBBS, FRACP, MPH, New Zealand
  • Ugo Dodd, FRCSC, MD, Canada
  • Valérie Marion, MD, Canada
  • Valerie O’Reilly, MB BCh MRCPI MRCGP MSc, Ireland {Republic}
  • W. Joseph Askin, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Canada
  • Will Marcoux, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Canada
  • William E Viner, MD FACOG FRANZCOG, New Zealand
  • William Sullivan, MD, FCPC, PhD, Canada
  • William Wong, MB, ChB, FRACP, New Zealand
  • Wlodzimierz Sokolowski, Physician (MD), Canada
  • Yan-Hua Katy Liu, MD, United States
  • Yoan Alder St-Germain, MD, Canada
  • Yukio Flinte, MBChB, RNZCGP, DTMH, MPHTM (dist.), New Zealand
  • yun xian roger YANG, MBBS (Syd) FRNZCGP, New Zealand
  • Zarina Williams, MbCHB, New Zealand