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How can we expect doctors to ‘do no harm’ if we ask them to assist suicide?

If the medical profession wins the legal right to end our lives, patients will not place their trust in it.

Doctors have traditionally been bound by what is often referred to as the Hippocratic Oath. It says, “First, do no harm.” It is worth asking why such an oath might be necessary. So far as I know, other professionals don’t have to swear not to do bad things. Doctors, being well-trained, well-educated and conscientious, will surely behave well automatically, without having to make such a promise.

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