Legalize Euthanasia In Canada

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This bill proposes the legalization of euthanasia in Canada, allowing medically assisted death. Euthanasia, also referred as physician-assisted suicide, and more loosely termed mercy killing, basically means to take a deliberate action with the explicit intention of ending a life to relieve intractable suffering. A doctor’s job is not only to prevent death but also to improve their patient’s quality of life. Often there is nothing a doctor can do to prevent a patient from dying if the patient has a terminal disease except wait for them to die. This waiting time can be extremely painful for the patients and the people who surround them. Failing to decriminalize euthanasia will result in the continued tragedies associated with botched suicide…show more content…
The Canadian Criminal Code section 241 b states: Every one who (a) counsels a person to commit suicide, or (b) aids or abets a person to commit suicide, whether suicide ensues or not, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years. This law assumes that any sort of help in assisting a suicide is based upon malice. Except this assumption is almost always false. Most instances of wanting to help end lives come from human compassion for the suffering, and malice is rarely involved. Section 241 (b) is unjust because it not only leads to prosecution for acts of compassion; it is cruel because it presents a major social obstacle to allowing mercy to very ill and suffering people. The Harper government has argued that Criminal Code provisions prohibiting doctors, or anyone else, from assisting in suicide are “constitutionally valid.” However, Canada’s policy on euthanasia is beginning to change. Quebec passed Bill 52, which allows for euthanasia, in early June of this year, by a 94-22 vote. It doesn’t come into effect until 2015, to give the government and doctors time to get the required policies and infrastructure in place. The bill allows Quebecers to have medical help to die, as long as they have “an incurable serious illness” and an advanced, irreversible decline in their abilities, and are at the end of their life. They must also be…show more content…
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