Essay on The Debate Over Legalization Of Physician Assisted Suicide

729 Words Apr 21st, 2016 3 Pages

The debate behind legalization of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) has been an on going worldwide dilemma. PAS is characterized, as a physician who with common intention gives a person the needs required for ending ones own life. In Canada PAS is illegal, under section 241 of the Criminal Code, however, Quebec is the only province where PAS has been legalized. PAS is also legalized in the state of Oregon, and in the Netherlands, where it is referred to as medical aid in dying. In Canada, the pubic support for the decriminalization of PAS is increasing, which is putting pressures on the government to change the laws against PAS.

The Canadian government has been constantly debating on the decriminalization and/or legalization of PAS, without it affecting the rights and freedoms of citizens according to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Under Criminal Code of Canada, RSC 1985, c-46, s 241, it currently provides that “everyone who”: (a) counsels a person to commit suicide, or (b) aids or abets a person to commit suicide, whether suicide ensures or not, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for the term exceeding fourteen years (will the supreme court strike down the laws….). In other words, in Canada PAS is a criminal offence and the penalty violation is fourteen years imprisonment. There are many arguments raised on the debated of legalizing PAS. People fear the legalization of PAS could possibly corrupt medicine and its…

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