Case Study Physician Assisted Suicide

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Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) in Canada 2011-NOV: Case before the B.C. Supreme Court Reactivating Sue Rodriguez' fight: Some individuals -- often those suffering from a terminal illness later in life -- find their physical and/or emotional pain intolerable and uncontrollable. They would like to commit suicide, but lack the knowledge or physical ability to do so. They would like a physician to give them assistance in dying with dignity. However, giving such help is currently a criminal act according to section 241(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada as it is in almost all U.S. states. During the early 1990s, Sue Rodriguez lived in British Columbia and suffered from late-stage ALS -- a.k.a. lou Gehrig's disease. She initiated a lawsuit…show more content…
Alex Schadenberg is the executive director of the EPCC. He does not look upon PAS as being about the alleviation of suffering of terminally ill persons. Rather he views it as about whether physicians should be able to decide, perhaps without considering the wishes of the persons involved, whether to terminate the lives of any of their patients who is suffering. He said: "Canadians should understand how wide this case is that’s being heard. The Carter case wants to define it as all people who are suffering and they are trying to grant doctors the right to cause their death. It’s not about choice, it’s about who is gaining the right to do this." 1 That is, his view is that the core issue is whether doctors should be able to legally murder anyone they wish to. Schadenberg's comments indicate precisely why legislation governing physician assisted suicide should include precise limits and controls to prevent abuse. 2011-NOV-14: Demonstration outside the courthouses: Demonstrators with the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPCC) gathered in front of the court house. 2 They carried signs carrying messages such

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