We constantly hear about the right to life, but what about the right to death?
From the moment we’re conceived, many governments and activist groups are dead-set on forcing us to live.
Why so many other people are concerned with our own lives — not the nitty gritty bits of them, such as how we acquire clean water, sufficient food, or decent shelter, but the living, breathing aspects of them — is a fascinating social phenomenon that merits its own exploration, but for the sake of this article, we are going to focus instead on why society has made it so hard to die.
Recent legislation passed in Canada has just drawn international attention back to the slippery topic of assisted suicides, and it just made it a lot more difficult for unhappy Americans to end their lives north of the border.
How familiar are you with “suicide tourism”?
Assisted suicide is a point of contention throughout the world, with cultural and religious views greatly affecting legislation.
Only legal in a handful of countries around the world, such as Switzerland, Colombia, The Netherlands, and Canada, assisted suicide or physician-assisted suicide is defined as a doctor “knowingly and intentionally providing a person with the knowledge or means or both required to commit suicide, including counseling about lethal doses of drugs, prescribing such lethal doses or supplying the drugs.”
This is not to be confused with euthanasia, in which the physician ultimately kills the patient. In physician-assisted suicide (PAS), the patient is the person who administers the drugs that will end their life.
This week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved of a bill that would reform the country’s current assisted death policies.
US executive director of the Death with Dignity National Center hailed the prime minister as “a hero to many Canadians who suffer from a terminal disease and the family members of those who died long, agonizing deaths without the option of death with dignity.”
There’s just one catch: the bill doesn’t apply to Americans.