Assisted Suicide : A Moral And Ethical Method Of Treatment Essay examples

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In February 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada took the case of Carter v Canada to trial and the justices ruled that “Adults with grievous and irremediable medical conditions are entitled to physician assisted suicide” [1]. This ruling set a new precedent in Canada regarding the control that people have over their own autonomy and treatment which they are provided during terminal end-of-life scenarios. I believe that the decision made in this case was correct, and in this essay I will argue that the previous legislature which outlawed physician assisted suicide (PAS) was based upon unsound theories, and that PAS is a moral and ethical method of treatment.

Exposition Section 14 of the charter of rights and freedoms states “No person is entitled to consent to have death inflicted on him, and such consent does not affect the criminal responsibility of any person by whom death may be inflicted on the person by whom consent is given”[2] and section 241 states Everyone who a) counsels a person to commit suicide, or b) aids or abets a person to commit suicide, Whether suicide ensues or not, is guilty of an indictable offense and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years.
Together, these laws effectively eliminate all forms of legal physician assisted suicide (PAS) or voluntary euthanasia. This blanket legislation helps protect any individual who may be tempted to take their own life in a moment of weakness and frustration, and to enforce the…

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