Should Canada Allow Death Assistance?

by 1530694 on Septembre 12, 2016 - 7:15pm

A big issue as been questioned in Canada. These issues are about euthanasia and assisted suicide (death assistance). In Physician-assisted death: time to move beyond Yes or No, the debates is “whether sanctity of life is more valuable than personal autonomy” (Downar, Bailey, Kagan, Librach). In this article, it mentioned that they have to put some restriction because they do not want someone to have death assistance against their will. Another question is that: can people that want assisted suicide can be treated in a palliative center instead of using this method (Downar, Bailey, Kagan, Librach). Also, there is some doctor that does not want to assist their patient to death. What will happen if those doctors have patients that want this procedure? In the article, they look at the U.S. rules to see what rules should be good to have if Canada allows it. A rule that is important in the U.S. before someone has the right to have euthanasia two physicians have to look at the patient. The death assistance can affect palliative care, but in Canada, they want to continue increasing these resources before giving euthanasia to a patient. Many physicians in Canada are not in favor of death assistance. 

The value in favor of assisted suicide is individual freedom. The person that is suffering from a terminal illness should have the choice to decide if they want to live or they want to die. No ones can know what it is to suffer the way some people suffer until they suffer from a disease. That is a good reason for permitted people to choose whether or not they want to live. There is some case people cannot move and do anything, but those people were often able to move before the illness happened to them. Those people find it hard to live with this kind of pain. They know that there is no chance to go back or to cure their disease and often some people just want to die. Canada should give to those people the opportunity to choose individually what they want to do with their life. The value against death assisted: is staying loyal to your friends and family. Some people think that abandoned your life before the time you are supposed to, is being disloyal to the member of your life that loves you. The assisted suicide can be seen as a lack of courage. There are some people that think miracles can happen and that life can change. There are always some people that were very sick and one day they were becoming better, so some people think that you should not leave the people that were there for you before and in case a miracle happens.

I am in favor of death assistance because I think that when people had been suffering for so many years and there is not return to their situation, the only way to stop suffering is to die. When I put myself in the situation, even if I do not live it I think, I would prefer to die than to live a life in bad condition. I see the point where it certainly really difficult to quit people that you love, but even for them seeing someone that you loved suffering is difficult. Everybody, have their own way to see things and there is no bad opinion on the subject, just different views. Do you think Canada should approve death assistance?


Downar, James, M.Bailey Tracey, Kagan Jennifer, Librach Lawrence. “Physician-

assisted death: time to move beyond Yes or No.” Canadian Medical Associaion. Journal 186.8 (2014): 567-8. Proquest. Web. 11 Sept. 2016