The Issue Of The Act Of Euthanasia Essay

1371 Words Jan 12th, 2015 6 Pages
The act of euthanasia is an ongoing discussion topic within much of today 's society. It is defined as the painless killing of a patient, usually suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma. There are two types of euthanasia, one is active which for many is the concept of "killing" while the second one is passive or the concept of "letting one die". Both concepts are widely discussed, debated and fought over in many civilized countries around the world. One of those countries caught within the debate happens to be Canada.
In Canada as-well as many other countries the act of euthanasia is illegal. If an individual commits the act of euthanasia he or she is charged with murder. Canada’s criminal code states that “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 is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years”. In Canada, the act of active euthanasia is illegal but passive euthanasia is not. Euthanasia is considered an illegal practice by our government due to the fact that they believe that a Canadian life should outweigh the benefits of legal active euthanasia. However, the act of passive euthanasia in Canada is supported and legal. Passive euthanasia refers to when medical personal purposely withhold life saving practices. One example is by not resuscitating a patient during a heart attack or turning…

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