Legalizing Euthanasia in Canada

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[The criminal code of Canada states] “everyone who councils, aids, or abets someone to commit suicide whether or not suicide ensures , is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years.” 1 It is this law which violates the human right to life as well as creates a widely spread controversy over whether or not euthanasia should become legalized in Canada. 2 Legalizing euthanasia would create many benefits for those who suffer from a terminal illness, giving them freedom and control over their own lives. Euthanasia should be legalized in Canada; this is because the euthanasia law is not consistently applied, it would create medical advances for Canada which would bring the country up to speed with other countries around the world, and legalizing euthanasia would benefit those who wish to die by preventing inhumane suicidal crimes from occurring. 3 The euthanasia law in Canada is not applied consistently in the Canadian justice system; therefore euthanasia should become legalized in Canada. 4 Cases of euthanasia in the past have proven to be significant to the current debate of euthanasia, because of the different outcomes that were decided. For instance, in 1993 42 year old Sue Rodriguez was suffering from a terminal illness referred to as lateral sclerosis. She made her appeal to the courts asking for permission to have a physician assist her with suicide. Rodriguez’s arguments were that “[she] had the constitutional right to

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