Euthanasia Issue

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The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition for euthanasia is the “painless killing of a person who has a painful incurable disease or incapacitating disorder.” According to the concise encyclopedia most legal systems believe to be murder. However with the advancement in medical technology euthanasia is being legalized more and more as it was first legalized in the Netherlands in 2001 and in Belgium in 2002. The euthanasia issue should be legalized in Canada as well as throughout the world. (2014 Merriam-Webster) In Canada, the law indicates that “Everyone who… aids or abets a person to commit suicide, whether suicide ensues or not, is guilty of an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years” (2013 Parliament of CANADA) However people strongly disagree with this law and are in favor for the right to request assisted suicide when necessary such as in a suffering state “…from an incurable disease or in an irreversible coma…” (2014 Merriam-Webster) Canada is a free country were Canadians are permitted to make their own choices, citizens do not see why they cannot make the choice of euthanasia. This can be seen as the government making the choice already for the patient to suffer, so if Canada is so free how come the government is making this decision. However this essay is not saying that anyone and everyone should be able to go through a euthanasia procedure. Of course a series of guidelines should be established at first such the individual must be competent enough to make such a decision, doctor must approve of decision, etc. It should be the responsibility of a health care provider to relieve a patient that is in heavy pain and wishes to be relieved. The procedure for the e... ... middle of paper ... ...ebate:. N.p., 9 Sept. 2012. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. . Morris, M.. "10 Arguments For Legalizing Euthanasia." Listverse. N.p., 12 Sept. 2013. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. . Nicol, Julia , and Dominique Valiquet. "Current Publications: Social affairs and population." Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Canada. N.p., 15 Feb. 2013. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. . Wang, Penelope . "Cutting the high cost of end-of-life care." CNNMoney. Cable News Network, 12 Dec. 2012. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. . "euthanasia." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2014. .

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