Reconsider supporting a bill on euthanasia.
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The debate on legalization of euthanasia in Canada often revolves around the idea of “dying with dignity.” The idea suggests that there are “good” and “bad” ways to die, with the insidious underlying suggestion that certain people (ie: elderly, disabled, terminally ill) should be encouraged to choose death, rather than become a “burden” on others.
At the recent Liberal convention, one of the proponents for this bill put euthanasia in the same field as “abortion, contraception, and same-sex marriage.” But a law that allows for (and eventually will encourage) doctor-assisted deaths impinges upon civil rights. An elderly woman who “chooses” death may well do so to avoid becoming a burden on her relatives; a newly disabled youth may internalize dated rhetoric about living a life of “dignity” that promotes and romanticizes death. Passing such a law would put the most vulnerable Canadians at risk.
In Canada, the case of Robert Latimer (sentenced to 10 years for murdering his daughter, Tracy) continues to polarize many people. More than ever before, there is pressure on the elderly and on disabled people to choose this horrifying “option,” yet laws such as this one get discussed without consulting the people who will be most affected. PLEASE meet with disability-rights groups and hear their opinions on passing such a law.
The cartoon above by Amy Hasbrouck sums up the negative views about disability and suicide perfectly!
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