URGENT: please vote NO in on-line euthanasia poll

From John Smeatons blog:

The British Medical Association (BMA) is due to debate ‘assisted dying’ (assisted suicide and euthanasia) next week. Currently the BMA has a policy against legalising assisted suicide. The pro-euthanasia lobby want to change this to a neutral policy.

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) now has an online poll – open to everyone, not just doctors – asking people to express support for doctors adopting a neutral position. Please show your opposition to assisted suicide and euthanasia by going to http://www.bmj.com/ (scroll down on the left) and voting ‘no’ in this poll.

Please do this today – time is very short.

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3 Responses to URGENT: please vote NO in on-line euthanasia poll

  1. Dr. Toad says:

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    Should doctors’ organisations be neutral on assisted dying?

    Those very words above are the actual question asked by the BMA – which is clearly, by no means ” …asking people to express support for doctors adopting a neutral position.” I shouldn’t have to point out that, by voting NO here, you could well be doing the exact opposite to that which you might intend, but I will.
    Just to spell it out – you might well be voting that doctors’ associations, rather than being neutral on the issue, can then democratically decide to be positively in favour of assisted suicide.

    Is that what you want?

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  2. .
    Further to the above, if you go onto the BMA website, while you can’t read the editorial (unless you’re willing to spend $30) – you can read the 25 or so responses to it – many of which which are interesting and thought-provoking.

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  3. kathleen says:

    Well, I voted “no” to the euthanasia poll – it’s a horrific idea that doctors could ‘assist’ anyone to die – but may I just say that I think Dr. Toad makes a valid point here when he says: “you might well be voting that doctors’ associations, rather than being neutral on the issue, can then democratically decide to be positively in favour of assisted suicide.”
    Yes, though very unlikely, it just could be twisted to mean that.

    Perhaps the wording of the poll should be a bit clearer.

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