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  •  Too Little & Too Late - but the AMA did send a (5+ / 0-)
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    ... "sternly worded letter" to Pres. Obama WRT their stand against torture.  (In related matters, they also strongly came out for bunnies, puppies and kitties.)

    Below is that letter the AMA sent to Pres. Obama clearly stating this would be violation of medical ethics.

    You can view a copy of the letter [PDF] sent to Pres. Obama.  It also contains "Principles of Medical Ethics" as well as two Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs Opinions on "Physician Participation in Interrogation" and "Torture"

    April 17, 2009

    Honorable Barack Obama
    President of the United States
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20500

    Dear Mr. President,
    We are deeply troubled by reports in the national media about the involvement of health personnel, some of whom may have been physicians, with the torture of detainees held by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

    Any involvement by physicians in torture is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as a healer. Such involvement would violate core ethical obligations of the medical profession to "first, do no harm" and to respect human dignity and rights.

    These core principles are enshrined in the Code of Medical Ethics of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the codes of other professional medical organizations throughout the world. Our AMA Code forcefully states medicine’s opposition to torture or coercive interrogation and prohibits physician participation in such activities. Our Code calls on physicians to support victims of torture, to report the use of torture, and to strive to change situations in which torture is practiced. At stake are the rights and well-being of individuals, the integrity of medicine, and society’s trust in the profession.

    As the nation’s largest association of physicians and the voice of the medical profession, the AMA stands ready to work with you to ensure that these core principles guide our nation’s physicians. Our aim is to assure that all physicians are fully aware of their ethical obligations, that physicians are not put in ethically untenable positions, and that actions like those alleged do not ever occur under U.S. jurisdiction. We will assist you in any way possible to accomplish that goal.

    Sincerely, [SIGNATURES]

    Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD
    President

    Joseph M. Heyman, MD
    Chair, Board of Trustees

    •  I copied the extract you linked to and hilighted (0+ / 0-)

      Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs
      Opinion E-2.067 Torture
      Torture refers to the deliberate, systematic, or wanton administration of cruel, inhumane, and
      degrading treatments or punishments during imprisonment or detainment.
      Physicians must oppose and must not participate in torture for any reason. Participation in torture
      includes, but is not limited to, providing or withholding any services, substances, or knowledge to
      facilitate the practice of torture. Physicians must not be present when torture is used or
      threatened.
      Physicians may treat prisoners or detainees if doing so is in their best interest, but physicians
      should not treat individuals to verify their health so that torture can begin or continue.
      Physicians
      who treat torture victims should not be persecuted. Physicians should help provide support for
      victims of torture and, whenever possible, strive to change situations in which torture is practiced
      or the potential for torture is great. (I, III)
      Issued December 1999.

      cast away illusions, prepare for struggle

      by Pete Rock on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 08:42:49 AM PDT

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