Essay on Active Euthanasia, Passive Euthanasia And Assisted Suicide

1202 Words Nov 27th, 2015 5 Pages
There are many differences between active euthanasia, passive euthanasia, and assisted suicide that are important to distinguish. Cases such as Nancy B. v, Hotel Dieu-de Quebec (1992), Sue Rodriguez, and Gloria Taylor have all had great significance on these issues. This is a quite controversial topic that affects many individuals, with multiple different views and opinions. There are sophisticated arguments for both the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide, and against euthanasia/assisted suicide. This paper will define these key terms so the reader can determine the difference between them, discuss relevant cases that has impacted these concepts, and provide arguments for and against the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Active Euthanasia Active euthanasia is also known as voluntary euthanasia. It is deliberately taking the steps to terminate the life of another person. An argument is that medication is meant to help control pain and make an individual feel better, not end their life. Although this form can be either voluntary or involuntary, active euthanasia is considered murder in Canada. Applicable cases include Rodriguez (1993), and Bodkin Adams (1957).

Rodriguez (1993) In this case, a woman who suffered from ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) challenged section 241(b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. She claimed that this violated her section 7, 12, and 15(1) rights. These state that you have the right to life, liberty, and…

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