by MiyaT on February 4, 2014 - 10:06pm
The article “ La mort de Susan Griffiths relance le débat sur le suicide assisté “ is about Susan Griffiths, a lady of 72 years old, who was suffering of a degenerative disease. This disease, named “atrophie multisystématisée“ was incurable and was causing a lot of pain because it slowly destroyed her body. Susan started a big public debate when she started fighting for the right to die with dignity. In other words, dying in dignity means to have access to assisted suicide. Assisted suicide is illegal in Canada and many other countries, so Susan has to go to Switzerland where assisted suicide is legal, to die. The 2007’s Federal Minister of Justice, Rob Nicholson, refused to reopen the debate because assisted suicide was and is still controversial. Many people such as Arthur Schafer, who is an ethical teacher at University of Manitoba, thinks that assisted suicide is prohibited, and it is against the individual freedom. The positions on assisted suicide varies depending on beliefs or values of individuals.
The question that is raised by this debate is: Does sick people should have the right to decided if they want to die or not? The reason why people are for an assisted suicide is because they are convinced that anyone should have the freedom to decided for themselves. The reason why people are against is because the line between assisted suicide and murder is really thin. Also, a common perception is that assisted suicide could be use wrongly just to get ride of a person. The moral claims for the person in favour are “ always act in your own best interest” and “everybody’s interests should have equal consideration”. The moral claims for the person against are ‘’it is always wrong to act in any way that will harm another person’’ and ‘’ A human life has fundamental moral worth’’.
In my opinion, people who have to live with a serious illness and intolerable pain should have the right to obtain medical assistance to end their life. If they have the mental capacity to take this decision and if the family has the same position, the law should allow them to decide. Plus, even if the person has a life expectancy of a few years, she will suffer excruciating pain and the years ahead will be difficult to live, death might be seen as a solution. The family of the ill person will suffer too because they will see how llfe is difficult and painful. Suicide is not illegal; I do not see why assisted suicide should be illegal. Should the debate be re-open?
source : Radio-Canada.Radio-Canada. Radio-Canada, 25,April, 2013.web. February 4th 2014.