Should peoplpe have the right to die in dignity?
by audreyhogue on February 4, 2014 - 2:13pm
Since 1993, many different societies have attempted to reintroduce assisted suicide into our consciousness .In June 2012, The Supreme Court of Canada finally agrees to hear an appeal that briefly overturned the ban on assisted suicide( Dyck,1).The Supreme Court has agreed to review the country’s assisted suicide laws more than two decades after it rejected doctor-assisted dying for people who are terminally ill in 1993( Dyck,1).Gloria Taylor, a woman suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease was requesting permission for a doctor to end her life before she became incapacitated (Dyck,2).Taylor won the right to obtain assistance to end her life. The Court of Appeal recently overturned that decision, stating the issue had been resolved in the 1993 that upheld the law which explain that a person can’t take away a life no matter the circumstances (Dyck, 2).In doing so, it is considered a murder. In this case, the lower court didn’t’ have the ability to overturn the decision (Dyck, 2). Unfortunately, Gloria Taylor died of a severe infection before using her exemption (Dyck, 2).Other families are persevering for elderly people to gain the right to decide how much suffering to endure at the end of life and whether to seek a doctor’s assistance to accelerate the process. The article written by the Canadian Press raises an important debate which represents an ethical issue for our society. Nowadays, people are constantly asking the right to die in dignity. As a society, we should take position regarding this issue. Should we legalize assisted suicide for people who are terminally ill?
The Supreme Court won’t be the only place where arguments for and against assisted suicide will be heard. However, it’s hard for people to take position regarding the legalization of assisted suicide by a doctor. People who are for the legalization are fighting to have the right to decide how much suffering to endure and whether to seek help from a doctor before they become incapacitated. The values shared by the people in favor for the legalization would be individuals that appreciate their freedom and compassion for others pain such as a human being we have the right to make our own choices so if a person wants to be release from all the pain, then that person should have the right to seek help to do so. The moral claim that supports this side of the debate would be a person should always do that which leads to the greatest amount of overall happiness. So according to this moral claim, a doctor should have the right to help, a person who is suffering and doesn’t want to live anymore with pain, to do so honorably and end his life . As doing so, a doctor will definitively do what the person is wishing for and thus create wellbeing for that person but also for his entourage.
On the other side of the debate, people against this legalization are fighting for the right to live and the value of life. The values that are shared by these people against assisted suicide would be, justice and order because it’s against the law to commit murder. On the other end, if we legalize assisted suicide, people may abuse of this right. For instance, people may choose to take the easy way instead of fighting for their life and thus definitively increase number of death. The moral claim that supports this side of the debate would be that a human life has fundamental moral worth which means that every life has a value and that life is a present that has been given to us and that should not be taken away from someone.
In my opinion, people should definitively be allowed to make their own decisions regarding their body, and that if sick they could have the right to decide to release their pain and to stop suffering from deadly diseases. They should have to the right to seek help from a physician to die in dignity in a control situation around their loves ones.
Dyck, Darryl. “Supreme Court of Canada agrees to hear appeal in B.C. right-to-die case.” The Montreal Gazette. January17, 2014. Web February 1, 2014.