De-Criminalizing Euthanasia

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Picture this, a 12-year-old quadriplegic with the functional level of a three-month-old. She can’t talk, walk, or feed herself. Repeat operations, surgeries, hospital visits, and constant excruciating pain. She does, however, respond to affection and smiles when she is happy. Her condition incurable, but potentially manageable. Her name is Tracy, her father killed her as an act of “mercy killing” because he could not bare to watch her suffering anymore. This paper will take a critical look, from a disability framework, what the risk associated with de-criminalizing euthanasia, or assisted suicide may be. Looking at both sides of the debate, through real-life cases, such as Tracy’s, lived in experience, research, and by contrasting it with the…show more content…
The social model of disability focuses on eliminating the socially constructed barriers that impede the equal participation of individuals with disabilities. By applying these concepts, such as dignity and the duty to accommodate, we can then use the human rights theory to point a way forward to resolve the barriers put in the way of individuals with disabilities. Social responsibility, rather than philosophical theory, is the motivation behind the disability rights movement's opposition to assisted suicide and euthanasia practices and policies. Social responsibility motivates our actions (Ari Ne’enan,…show more content…
CBC news (2010) reports there was never any question as to whether or not he did it, he admitted to police that he placed her into his truck cab and ran an exhaust hose into the cab, watching her die. Robert’s reason for doing so was because, “he could no longer watch her suffer” from the severe form of cerebral palsy. They discuss this case in CBC (2010) as the “ultimate response to suffering”, as experienced and interpreted by her father. The national debate on this case revealed polarizing opinions, that, on one side, sympathize with the father and the empathetic suffering he endured. On the other side, are the advocates who strongly oppose any qualification or exception to the law where the victim of murder is a disabled person. As noted in CBC the crown appointed to the Latimar’s case stated, “there is no dispute that through her life, Tracy at times suffered considerable pain. As well, the quality of her life was limited by her severe disability. But the pain she suffered was not unremitting, and her life had value and quality” (CBC,
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