One of New York’s top medical associations reiterated its opposition to assisted suicide as lawmakers debate a bill to allow the practice.
The Trump administration will safeguard the rights of doctors to decline performing procedures they find morally objectionable.
New Jersey became the eighth state in the country to legalize assisted suicide on Friday.
Assisted suicide is dead in the water in Maryland after the state Senate failed to advance a legalization bill.
New Jersey is on the verge of becoming the eighth state to allow doctors to give lethal medications to sick patients.
The Democrat-controlled Maryland House of Delegates moved forward legislation to legalize assisted suicide.
Assisted suicide opponents are accusing Democrats in New Jersey of manipulating the legislative process to pass the controversial bill.
One of the nation’s largest doctors’ lobbies has retracted its opposition to assisted suicide.
Delegates from the American Academy of Family Physicians, which represents more than 130,000 doctors nationwide, voted to change the group’s stance to “engaged neutrality” on the question of whether physicians should be able to prescribe lethal medications to patients. The resolution was reached at the organization’s Congress of Delegates held last week in New Orleans. AAFP president Michael Munger said in a statement posted to the group’s website that the resolution was designed to help doctors care for their patients.
California residents can still seek lethal medication as state courts consider a ruling that would overturn its 2015 assisted suicide law.
A California judge rejected a bid from assisted suicide supporters to reverse a ruling that threatens to invalidate the 2015 law.