C384-Canadian Proposed Euthanasia Bill - A dilemna for Doctors
This fall Bill C-384, which would make physician assisted suicide legal, will come up for second reading in the Canadian Parliament this fall. This is the furthest such a bill has ever gone in Canada.
It is the third time in four years that Francine Lalonde, MP, BLOC Quebecois, has sponsored such a bill. Has the time come for the Canadian Parliament to debate this issue?
Having observed two of my friends succumb to cancer recently and after having seen the pleading by the the Rodriguez woman that had ALS, I think the time has come to get serious with this issue.
It is the common decency that we grant animals. In fact, if we let an animal suffer unduly and not resort to euthanasia it would be considered cruelty. So does it not follow that we should also extend this decency to human beings?
The process that would be required to get euthanasia approved should be steadfast to ensure it doesn't become a cover for murder. There are also ethical consideration for physicians whose interpretation of their oath would not permit them to participate.
In some instances, religious considerations are also to be considered. As far as Parliament goes, I believe this should be a free vote and not pushed along party lines. I think I know where Stephen Harper and Stockwell Day stand on this issue?
Where do people in NP stand?
Such arguments will be aired again this fall when Bill C-384, which would make euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide legal, will come up for second reading, the furthest such a bill has ever gone in Canada. It is the third time in four years that Bloc MP Francine Lalonde has sponsored such a bill.
Ms. Lalonde, who has battled cancer for the past two years, said she was only diagnosed after she introduced the bill in 2005. She said before her diagnosis, pain was a theoretical issue. But after what she experienced while she was ill, “pain was no longer theoretical” and so seeing a bill like this passed meant even more.
She is not overly optimistic that will happen. It is a question, she said, of whether parliamentarians have “the guts or courage” to reflect what appears to be the popular will.