Euthanasia In Canada

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Euthanasia in Canada Euthanasia is a very sensitive topic in today’s world. With the medical technology of today, it is possible to keep a person alive, even if brain dead, by the use of life support machines and other life sustaining equipment. Euthanasia is forbidden in most of the countries world-wide, including Canada. Why is Euthanasia illegal in Canada? The Canadian Commission noted a wide spread consensus in Canada on three basic principles that will be reflected in our laws. “First, the protection of human life is a fundamental value. Second, the patient has the right to autonomy and self-determination in making decisions about his medical care. Third, human life needs to be considered from quantitative and qualitative perspectives.” (Law Reform Commission of Canada, 1983). These essay will outline some other reasons why is this issue important in our society. We all know that human life has an intrinsic value. Most of the traditions believe that man is created in God’s own image and therefore human life has an instructive dignity and is inviolable. Also, Christians believe that God is the one who gave us life and the only one who can take it away, but in a non- religious point of view this principle would be based on the dignity and sacredness of human life, independent from God’s existence. Euthanasia affects patients who are suffering from serious diseases like cancer or a person in coma. If euthanasia is legal, it would take away hope from patients to get through their diseases. Euthanasia would be a treatment option for them. They will have arguments in their mind whether to fight for their life or just give it up. Doctors or family members of patients who doesn’t have the capability of deciding for themselves will most likely decide to end the patient’s suffering by means of killing them. “It is not up to the doctor whether life is happy or

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