Medical Assisted Death : An Act Respecting End Of Life Care

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For many years, medical assisted death has been disagreed upon with the Canadian Quebec legislation, Bill 52, An Act respecting end-of-life care. Terminal ill patients have been fighting rights with their incurable conditions which caused them unbearable suffering. In many situations, death is always unacceptable since life was given for a reason. We all must pass away one day, although for some individuals, death can be measured by time due to tragic news that they have been informed about. In means of measuring time, we would all like to know when and how our death would be given. “Living is not good, but living is well. The wise man, therefore, lives as well as he should, not as long as he can...He will always think of life in terms of quality not quantity…Dying early or late is of no relevance, dying well or ill is…life is not to be bought at any cost. – The Stoic philosopher Seneca (4 B.C.- 69 A.D).” (Shneidman, 2001, p. 5). Sue Rodriguez, who was an advocate for medical assisted death, fought for legal rights in 1993. She was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1991. In a video to the Parliament, she poured her heart out. “If I cannot give consent to my own death, whose body is this? Who owns my life?” (CBC Radio-Canada, 1993). She lost the battle against Supreme Court Canada to legalize assisted death under the Criminal Code of Canada. In 1994, Rodriguez was given a “constitutional exemption” which allowed assisted death under many conditions. In
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