Compassion literally means to “suffer with” and, indeed, doctors are called to be compassionate — to suffer with our patients — not to desert them by enabling them to kill themselves alone. Shouldn’t we demand that our physicians in particular be with us in our time of greatest need? Shouldn’t we train our medical students in compassionate care? If we support this bill, we as a society are ushering in a new and corrupt culture of medicine — one in which the very underpinning of medicine to “do no harm” is eradicated. I ask you to vote NO and send a message to physicians that more compassion, not less, is needed.
Kerry Pound is a physician working at Salem Hospital in the pediatric ER.