The American Academy of Family Physicians, a group of more than 131,000 family doctors, officially changed its stance on euthanasia this month to neutral.
“The action taken today allows the AAFP to advocate for engaged neutrality on the subject,” the organization’s president, Michael Munger, said after the group’s Oct. 9 business meeting.
Catholic Medical Association board member Barbara Golder told the Catholic News Agency that the move was “very, very disappointing” and could lead to further consequences.
In contrast, an ethics committee for the American Medical Association reaffirmed this month its opposition to euthanasia. The World Medical Association also opposes euthanasia, despite pressure during last month’s meeting in Iceland from pro-euthanasia nations Canada and the Netherlands. —S.G.