Earlier this week, Thomas Cardinal Collins wrote a commentary in the Toronto Star, entitled ‘Don’t force physicians to act against their conscience’ in reaction to Canada’s developing assisted suicide legislation.
He believes that it is troubling to make physicians end their patients’ lives when it goes against their moral values.
In Canada, physician-assisted suicide is still considered a crime, though the Supreme Court has recently started to allow exceptions if certain criteria are met. In January, the country granted the constitutional exemption to those who make an application in superior court and meet criteria until new legislation is crafted by June 6. Since then, several Catholic hospitals have stated they refuse to take part in the service, though there’s a chance they will be forced anyways.
Recently, a poll showed that 77% of Canadians supported doctor-assisted suicide. Cardinal Collins believes it’s a misleading number because they do not fully know what they are supporting.
Is assisted suicide the easy route? Should more effort be put in medical assistance for these patients instead? Cardinal Collins believes more ‘loving and merciful’ alternatives are necessary.
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