The Legalization Of Euthanasia And Assisted Suicide In Canada

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Many topics are brought upon worldwide but one of the most controversial topics is the legalization of euthanasia. The word euthanasia originated from the Greeks early 17th century Eu meaning (good) and Thanatosis meaning (death) the word means "Good Death, or a "Gentle and Easy Death”. The definition of euthanasia nowadays is the act of painlessly ending a person’s life from a painful and incurable disease. Many terminally ill patients who unfortunately do not have the privilege to recover wish to practice euthanasia but, in some countries the law prohibits doctors to do so leaving them with no choice but to continue living a painful life. I believe these individuals should have the right to decide what they want to do with their lives and …show more content…
Canada that was filed back in April 2011 and ruled by the Supreme Court of British Columbia on June 15, 2012. There was many different individuals involved in this case. First and foremost the plaintiffs Lee Carter, Hollis Johnson, Dr. William Shoichet, The British Colombia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLU) and Gloria Taylor. According to the Penn Bioethics Journal, Article “Who Owns the Right to Die? An Argument about the Legal Status of Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Canada”. Lee Carter and Hollis Johnson a married couple aided Kay Carter (Lee Carter’s mother) after hearing about her desire to go to Switzerland in order to have an assisted suicide due to her pain. Her doctor William Schoichet believed that providing physician- assisted suicide was an integral part of providing health care to terminally ill patients. The BCCLU was also heavily involved in this case they believed that there was a reasonable cause to question whether Canadian Citizens have a constitutional right to physician-assisted suicide. The final individual involved in this case was Gloria Taylor, who suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) she was diagnosed in 2009, and was told the disease would paralyze her within 6 months, and kill her within a year. Taylor wished to have a physician assist in ending her life, she petitioned the court because she wanted her family with her when she passed away and was financially unable to make expenses to travel to Switzerland and do it legally. On February 6, 2015. Canada’s highest court ruled the right of euthanasia it is now being reviewed and should be official as of 2016 for all citizens suffering from an incurable

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