By Brendan Burke
Should physician-assisted death be legalized in Canada? Have your say by joining us at QNet News Interactive for a live, open discussion about the disputed practice.
As one of the most contentious and divisive social and political topics in Canada, the issue of assisted death has divided the public on both sides of the emotionally charged debate for decades.
Doctor-assisted death or suicide, which is the act of intentionally killing oneself with the assistance of doctor who provides the means, prompted the question: should we, as a society, grant individuals suffering from grievous, irremediable and intolerable pain the right to end their lives? The ensuing fallout saw a clash from opposing voices – religious institutions, medical officials and political right and left.
All the while, the controversial practice – despite years of legal wrangling and appeals – remained illegal. That is until Feb. 6, when a unanimous decision from Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that the “sanctity of life” also includes the “passage into death” – paving the way for a nationwide legalization of doctor-assisted death.
So, with the likely legalization of assisted death in Canada in the near future, the same questions remain: Is this the right move by the Supreme Court of Canada. Should we legalize assisted death? Do we, as human beings, innately possess the “right to die”? Even with guidelines in place, could the decision be the beginning of a “slippery slope”, should the right to die be granted to those suffering from mental illness/should mental illness be included?
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