Legalization Of Euthanasia In Canada

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What positive or negative impacts could the regulation of Euthanasia in Canada cause? Euthanasia is the intentional killing of someone in order to relieve ones pain or suffering. The legalization of Euthanasia has been a heavily debated topic in Canada for numerous years with various cases and point of views, leading to the current laws on euthanasia in Canada. It is an important matter that needs to be examined carefully as it relates to the value of people’s lives. The legalization of the practice of euthanasia has many negative affects as it goes against many doctors’ beliefs, degrades the value of human life that Canadian law protects, and will possibly be abused by both doctors and patients. The legalization of euthanasia would however …show more content…
Euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide goes against the Hippocratic oath taken by most, if not all, doctors. Historically, medicine has prohibited euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide as medical acts (Parliament of Canada, 1995). The Hippocratic oath ensures that doctors refrain from causing harm or injustice to their patients. Many might argue that Euthanasia offers patients a freedom of choice and guarantees that terminally ill patients are given the alternative of choosing death over life. Some might say, “For an issue as personal as one’s own life and death, the choice of how you might dies is one of the most personal decisions an individual should make. To be denied the right to make this decision is a blight on democracy” (Swanton). This is arguable, because the legalization of this practice would be granting patients freedom of choice, but would be depriving many doctors of that exact freedom. Doctors may be asked to go against their oath to preserve life and will unfortunately deny themselves of their original purpose to alleviate pain and extend life. Euthanasia would negatively impact the practice of medicine and affect the original purpose of doctors. When doctors take the oath, it is implied that they must uphold various ethnic standards and do what they can to increase the value of …show more content…
The federal government uses laws and the Criminal Code to protect the value of human life and illegalize euthanasia in Canada. Under section 241 of The Criminal Code, it is a felony to assist with suicide despite the fact that suicide is not an offence. The Criminal Code states, “241. 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 offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years.” An opposing point against this argument would be that euthanasia offers the ultimate release for the terminally ill patients and can even be a form of palliative care. Due to the release euthanasia offers to the terminally ill, the majority of Canadians believe that it should be legalized. More than two-thirds of Canadians support making it legal for doctors to help the terminally ill kill themselves, a new poll suggests as the assisted-suicide issue once again provokes heated debate across the country (Blackwell). Often people might say, “Assisting death integrates compassionate care and respect for the patient 's autonomy and ultimately makes death with dignity a real option” (Kimsma). It is important to remember that palliative care is used to alleviate

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