Canada's Lifted Ban on Doctor-Assisted Suicide
by samp on February 10, 2015 - 6:53am
The Supreme Court of Canada, in a unanimous decision, lifted the ban on assisted suicide for patients who are mentally competent to take decisions on their future. The decision was quite a surprise as the court changed its mind from a previous judgement contrasting their current approach. The ruling came after two women went in court in order to reverse the current law, which would enable them to die earlier and peacefully from their degenerative disease. In fact, one went in Switzerland in order to commit an assisted-suicide, while the other died during the process of the court decision-making. The new decision hopes to remove suffering from dying patients and reduce self-inflicted suicide of unpleasant nature. The court battle should further go on as some associations clearly disagree with the judgement.
From a personal perspective, I had to see one of my family members died progressively from a mental degenerative disease. I`m quite sure the person wanted to die earlier before becoming a non-functional human being. However, laws are laws and even thinking about the assisted suicide options was unrealisable because of the court ban. Later on, the person didn`t clearly enjoy herself as she was unable to talk, eat and recognize its family. In this kind of environment, it is preferable to die as the person clearly suffers and would like being up there anyway. On the other hand, I firmly believe that if the person is currently on a degenerative state, and did not express his/her intention on the issue should not be allowed to die from a doctor-assisted suicide. In this sense, the law should not go further. I believe some people would want to see a family member die earlier to remove a burden on the family, which is not a valid reason such as allowing the person to die in a peaceful and self-reflected manner.