Refusing to provide euthanasia called “abandonment”

Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, two euthanasia advocates have characterized refusal of physicians to provide euthanasia as patient abandonment, a violation of medical ethics.  The assertion appears in their response to a suggestion that euthanasia could be provided by a state agency rather than physicians.

Angell M., Lowenstein E. Letter re: Redefining Physicians’ Role in Assisted Dying.  N Engl J Med 2013; 368:485-486 January 31, 2013 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1209798