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Taking a Look at Euthanasia

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Euthanasia can be done by veterinarians to your pets when they are old and in pain due to a disease, but what about humans? Euthanasia is the process of which one intentionally ends a life in the hopes of relieving a suffering that otherwise would be too much to bear for the patient. It is usually talked about when someone is inflicted with a terminal illness, or an illness with which there is no cure. They will have bouts of uncontrollable and excruciating pain but no way to control it. Many of these people are Canadians and will look to the Canadian government for help with their request, but Euthanasia is illegal. Section 251(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada states, “Every one who ….(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.” Euthanasia is a safe alternative for people suffering from terminal illness as it helps them get away from a body that is no longer under their control. By criminalizing euthanasia and other forms of medically-assisted suicide, it is an impingement of the patient’s section 7, 12 and 15 charter rights.
When euthanasia is allowed, it gives the patients their right to life, liberty and security of person, or Section 7 under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. By taking away their ability to relieve themselves of this pain, it takes away their ability to live safely and with liberty. It takes away their
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