Something controversial. why not
Recently the British Columbia’s Supreme Court (British Columbia is one of Canada’s Provinces), ruled that the Criminal Code that ban physician-assisted suicide are unconstitutional. The lady that launched this case has been granted a constitutional exemption to seek a doctor assisted passing, when she is ready, with some conditions.
There is so much to this topic, the more you ponder it the more you see how much depth it has.
We have the right to live, do we have the right to leave as well?
I am unsure where to start. I am not going to give an opinion.
The waning days are often filled with such misery for some. The quality of life is such that there is none, pain is high, unbearable. There is no hope… Should this be allowed?
But who decides?
The Doctor? I am not sure that would be a decision that I would like to make. Oh the Doctor may feel that relieving the torment is a blessing.
but probably not each time it may be required. So who decides?
Watching a loved one in the final days, that may extend to so much more than just a few, each day filled with terrible pain and torment. It is so sad.
Life is precious. We only get one.
but is it life at this point?
where is the line drawn? pain, humiliation? costs to family? just giving up?
will each one require a legal battle to further add to the misery and costs of the family and individual?
Becoming yet another public viewing at a time where you just want to be alone?
Is this something that politicians should be allowed to play with?
Why would they have the right to make these decisions? What do they know about it?
No matter which way it goes, there will be some that are for and against. Judging each case on its own could be a solution, but who would do that? Who would be willing to be put in that position time after time. Saying yes, you are basically taking a life, saying no, you are possibly extending someones unbearable pain.
It is a sad topic I think, as there are no easy answers. It becomes more complex the more you look at it.
My heart goes out to the lady that has just gone through this, and is now becoming so many headlines. She said in a statement last week that the decision allows her to approach death the same way she’s tried to live her life – with dignity, independence and grace.