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It is expected that this new law takes effect by the end of this year. The question now is: Why the other provinces in Canada did not legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide? The purpose of this report is to examine the many different points of view in favour and against euthanasia and assisted suicide. Euthanasia happens when terminal patients with excessive soreness are not able to kill themselves and require another person to do it. Normally, a doctor will induce the death with a lethal injection.
In contrast, involuntary euthanasia refers to ending one’s life that openly expresses their wish to die and requests other individuals to end their lives.  Euthanasia is currently illegal in many countries, including Canada. It has been recently legalized in some cities such as Oregon, Washington, Montana, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Euthanasia should remain illegal because it takes away hope from the patients to get through their diseases, it creates conflicts between religious groups and it could be used for ulterior motives. If euthanasia becomes legal, it would be a treatment option for the terminally sick ones.
In this article, the author Charlotte Gray mentions that there is continuing debate about the legalization of marijuana for medical purpose in Canada. Gray emphatically describes that the Ottawa family physician Don Kilby is trying his best to help terminally ill patients to relieve their pain from illness by using marijuana. However, the marijuana cannot be took out of the Criminal Code because the lack of the legal supply of marijuana to meet the patients’ requirements. Thus, Don is still working hard on it in order to legalize the marijuana for medical purpose. The author Gray cites some real instances about legalizing use of marijuana for medical purpose, such as the physician Don Kilby; however, her main project seems to encourage people to agree with this idea.
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.
The case could then be turned into that of homicide. The Arguments I believe that everyone should have the right to their own death whenever they feel they need or deserve it. If a certain individual feels that they would be miserable for the rest of their life after being paralyzed below the waist, and they request to be euthanized, who are we to deny them? So far, only two states have legalized physician-assisted suicide: Oregon and Washington. Their rules to receive this death is that the patient must provide two verbal requests and one written request to their health care provider.
Assisted Suicide Assisted Suicide Ethics is defined as a “systematic study of and reflection on morality.” Analyzing ethical issues in a systematic way brings us to utilize the six-step process to illustrate the critical thinking process. I read the article ‘Judge Lifts Assisted-suicide Ban’ from the Portland Press Herald (Portland Press, 2012) that discusses an issue in British Columbia legalizing the right to assisted suicides. This is a curious matter in health care, especially as a future nurse who has been taught to advocate for my patients. Countries are continuously fighting the issue of assisted suicide as their population ages. In Canada it has been illegal to “counsel, aid or abet a suicide” (Portland Press, 2012) with a maximum sentencing of 14 years.