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Who We Are



Dr. Pitre with PatientPhysicians for Compassionate Care is an association of physicians and other health professionals dedicated to preserving the traditional relation of the physician and patient as one in which the physician's primary task is to heal when possible, comfort always, and never intentionally harm.

The association promotes the health and well being of patients by encouraging physicians to comfort patients and to assist those who are dying by support systems, minimizing pain, and treating depression. The association affirms the health restoring role of the physician and works to educate the profession and the public to the dangers of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. As physicians, we come from primary care specialties as well as subspecialties. We work to support each other and to speak out for the inherent value of human life.

PCCEF Position on the Duty and Role of Physicians
Physicians have the duty to safeguard human life, especially life of the most vulnerable: the sick, elderly, disabled, poor, ethnic minorities, and those whom society may consider the most unproductive and burdensome. Physicians are to use all knowledge, skills and compassion in caring for and supporting the patient. Medicine and physicians are not to intentionally cause death. The patient-physician trusting relationship is the most important asset of physicians and is for the protection of patients.

PCCEF Position on Physician Assisted Suicide
Physicians for Compassionate Care oppose Physician Assisted Suicide because:
  • Doctor assisted suicide undermines trust in the patient-physician relationship
  • Doctor assisted suicide changes the role of the physician in society from the traditional role of healer to that of the executioner
  • Doctor assisted suicide endangers the value that society places on life, especially for those who are most vulnerable and who are near the end of life.


Physicians for Compassionate Care Education Foundation is not affiliated with any religious or political organization.  What unites PCCEF members is the conviction that human life has value and the physician-assisted suicide is wrong.

 

 
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