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Legalization of Euthanasia
Sarah Emilie Braaten (author)
In Canada the laws around euthanasia are outdated and no longer fit the needs of Canadian citizens. Since there are other countries that have legalized different types of euthanasia, it is time for Canadians to have the right to die with dignity too. This paper will address other models of legalization, and the dangers that go along with it; proposing changes that would make it possible for those who need to practice their right to die with dignity, and for those individuals who are not interested or are for the change—to accept that this is not just a personal decision but a cultural decision as well. Though this process would be lengthy, and the topic has been discussed in the past, it is crucial to realize that this is not an easy change to tackle but a necessary one. Furthermore, the cases of individuals that are in need of this change are seen more today since they are reaching out to the media and to the courts. This right has been granted on an occasion in the last couple of years, since one of British Columbia’s own pleaded her case (Gloria Taylor); although this was going to be appealed—the woman died before she had the chance to practice her new right. This current case of Gloria Taylor and past cases show that it is possible to be open minded and recognize that the amount of pain or quality of life should be determined by oneself and not by the rest of the country. Therefore, it is time to take action for those who are living in pain and accept that if we have the right to “life, liberty, and security of the person” then citizens should have the right to die as well.
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Social and Behavioral Sciences