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British Medical Association Reaffirms Opposition to Assisted Suicide at 2009 Conference

The British Medical Association reaffirmed its opposition to assisted suicide at its 2009 annual conference.

Despite an attempt by MPs to legalize the practice or allow so-called suicide tourism, doctors rejected a call from BMA member Kailash Chand to change its long-held views. Chand hoped to get the BMA to support a position allowing assisted suicide in cases where a patient is terminally ill and has the mental capacity to consent to killing himself.

Doctors also rejected calls to support a position against prosecuting physicians who break the law by participating in an assisted suicide. The motion, which encompassed both issues, was voted down 53-45 percent. [2July09, London, England,]