Up here in Canada, just over a month ago, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that people with “grievous and irremediable” conditions should have the right to ask a doctor to help them die. There’s a lot of talk from all sides about how this will affect people, doctors, and even those who fear the potential changes.
The ruling Conservative government played it political, not agreeing or disagreeing, you know, the usual B.S. Doctors won’t be forced to adhere to any future ruling, leaving that up to each physician. Disabled and elderly people, afraid of how these changes may affect them were assured that those wishing to die must be go through many steps, including proving their competence.
Like the abortion issue, I’m sure there will be some holier-than-thou groups starting to pop up, shaming us into thinking we should be taking lives of those that aren’t ready to die, even if those people are begging to be released from their terminal suffering, and hardship brought upon their family.
Personally, this isn’t an issue of religion, government, or anyone else for that matter. This is a matter for one person, and one person alone. If they wish to die, then they should be allowed to die.
Having also battled depression and thoughts of suicide, there is a BIG difference between suicide and doctor-assisted suicide. The former is the weak, cowardly way out of life. I don’t care how depressed you are, and for whatever reasons; killing oneself because life is crappy, you have no job, your girl/boyfriend left you, or your favourite show got cancelled, is the stupidest thing someone can do.
If you are at a point in your life where you are considering doctor-assisted suicide, it is probably because you are very sick, in constant, unending pain, and whatever you have can’t be cured. You quality of life, as you define it, is terrible. You may have lost your autonomy, and freedom. All of this added up also makes you a burden on your family. Not only do you have to suffer through this, but your loved ones have to suffer seeing you become a shadow of who you once were.
If it were me, I would fight for as long as I could to have my old life back, or get as close as I could to what it once was. But there comes a time when you realize you may never get back to that point, that things will only get worse. If we didn’t have doctor-assisted suicide, how long would you have to suffer? How long would your loved ones have to suffer? Until a power-outage stopped the machines from doing all the things that your body once did for you.
How about thinking of it like this…
Lets say you dog becomes sick. You take it to the vet and learn you could save your dog, but it may take years. The outcome isn’t certain, the your dog will suffer greatly. People with tons of money will throw as much as needed to save their dog, regardless of how much suffering it will endure. But most people would put the dog down, so that it wouldn’t have to suffer, and so it wouldn’t be a burden on the family.
If we can do that for our pets, why in the flying f**k can’t we do that for our loved ones?! Don’t our loved ones deserve equal or better treatment that our pets?
As much as I agree with doctor-assisted suicide, I also agree that their must be guidelines and procedures to be followed. Just offing someone because they get a little sick, or are quite old, is murder. That is why there must be steps to be taken to ensure the person who wishes to end their life does so of their own free will, and understands the pros and cons of continued treatment for whatever they have.
This isn’t a subject to be taken lightly. It is a serious thing. But then again, so is living with a disease that is incurable, or condition that makes life unbearable to live through.
But as I said before, it comes down to one person. That one person should have the right to die, if they choose to. Just as others who may be seen as vulnerable must be protected. Just as those who wish to keep fighting should be given every chance to do so.
We should all have the choice, and no one should be condemned for their choice.