It is demeaning for Canadians in a terminal health condition, often living in massive pain, to be required to petition courts for the right to a doctor-assisted death, while the federal government writes new Euthanasia legislation as required by the Supreme Court.
An 81-year-old Toronto man asked for court permission for a doctor-assisted death which he was granted. He suffered from terminal lymphoma, was virtually restricted to his bed and living with ‘unbearable pain.’ As soon as the federal court judge granted permission, doctors assisted the 81-year-old man to die peacefully. Let’s get on with passing the legislation which permits Canadians like-81-year old A.B. to request and be granted a doctor-assisted death… or do you disagree (as we’ve heard from physicians opposed and recently on air)?
Are you prepared to request a doctor-assisted death if your health (physical or mental) becomes so untenable to you that you make the decision to die? Or is permitting doctor-assisted death the slippery slope which will lead to the elderly, the infirm, the inconvenient to be killed off by either the state or perhaps greedy heirs to an estate?
Guests: Shanaz Gokool is the CEO of Dying with Dignity, Canada. Andrew Faith and/or Emma Carver are lawyers for A.B., the 81-year-old who received court approval for a doctor-assisted death.
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