Euthanasia in Canada Essay

1985 Words Nov 9th, 2013 8 Pages

Euthanasia in Canada: Issues and Arguments

Intro To Criminology 1150-005

Word Count - 1657
Euthanasia in Canada has been a big issue, both morally and politically in Canada over the past couple years. Different groups argue that euthanasia is a basic human right, whereas opposing groups argue contradictory to that, saying it is not. There have been quite a few legal battles over the right of euthanasia due to this difference in views in Canada -Rodriguez V. BC & Latimer Case-. All cases in Canada however have been shot down by the Justice system in very close votes; the Rodriguez case is a great example in which it missed by 1 vote in a 5-4
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She is quoted as saying “If I cannot give consent to my own death, whose body is this? Who owns my life?” (Fenton, 2013). The quote sums up the attitudes of earlier court cases globally -Gonzales v. Oregon, Vacco v. Quill, Gloria Taylor-, how terminally ill patients wish to do want they want when they
cannot stand the suffering any more. The trial was denied in the BC Supreme Court, then later went to the Canadian Supreme Court, but was overturned in a 5-4 decision. People however since have persisted in the belief that Euthanasia is a Human right, and that it should be allowed in Canada. It is believed that the effects of Mrs Rodriguez's courage and resolve in attempting to legalize this issue has jump started many legal processes in the United States and the world in opening their minds to Euthanasia (Fenton, 2013). In the most recent challenge to assisted suicide legislation, the Gloria Taylor case that is being backed by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and two other plaintiffs B.C.'s Supreme Court ruled in June 2012 that the federal ban on assisted suicide contravenes Section 15 of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Mrs Taylor wont the case, and the trial Judge granted her an exemption on the law, yet she surprisingly denied to use it. She recently died in October 4th 2012 of her illness naturally. The case led to the B.C supreme court to order the Federal Government to draft new legislation

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