As things stand now, Canadian law says it is an offense punishable by a term of up to 14 years in prison. But this week in a B.C. court, Russell Ogden is leading a group to have this prohibition of assisted suicide declared unconstiutional. They want “self-chosen death” to be a legal option.
Mr. Ogden’s group is pursuing the case because Canadians who are terminally ill have no appropriate option if they decide they want to die. In a brief filed with the court Ogden writes: “The crimi nal prohibition on assisted suicide in Canada causes immeasurable physicial and psychological suffering to persons of sound mind who are capqable of making informed decisions and who wish to end their own lives in order to avoid that suffering. This suffering is as extreme as any suffering humanity must endure. This case tests whether Parliament is entitled to cause such suffering to the people of Canada.”
Suppose one is an atheist or an agnostic. Are there any sound reasonss why such a person should not end his or her life at whatever time of their choosing whether there is any suffering involved or not?
Is there any reason why “self-chosen death” should not be available in this country?
Is there any reason why assisted suicide should not be seen as a rational decision on the continuum of life.?
Polls now show that 70 per cent of Canadians now support assisted suicide.
Should assisted suicide be legal?
What do you think?