Doctor Assisted Suicide Should Be Legal Essay

737 Words Apr 16th, 2015 3 Pages
Doctor-assisted Suicide Should be Legal in Canada
Each person deserves a peaceful death and no one should have to die alone. Doctor-assisted suicide occurs when a person swallows an overdose of drugs that has been prepared by a doctor for the purpose of causing their own death (Patients Rights Council, 2010). Doctor-assisted suicide has been legalized in some European countries and a few states in the USA (CBC News, 2014). Canada’s government has been negotiating this law for several years and as a result in February 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada said yes for this law and “if the government doesn 't write a new law, the court 's exemption for physicians will stand” (CBC News, 2015). Despite the fact that opponents argue that doctor-assisted suicide shouldn’t be legal in Canada because of the modern medicine, the death rate and disapproval statistics among Canadians, people who suffer through terminal diseases must have a chance to alleviate the suffering of themselves and their families.
Opponents of doctor-assisted suicide claim that a modern medicine helps to relieve pain; however, the cost of these treatments are usually very high and specially for seniors with terminal diseases. According to Canadian Cancer Society “the median age of cancer diagnosis is between 65 and 69 years of age” (Canadian Cancer Society, 2014, p.28). A health care in Canada is free for some sort of things such as chemotherapy and radiation, but oral cancer drugs who are usually common for this…

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