This story in the National Post talks about how quadriplegic Conservative MP and one-time Cabinet Minister Steven Fletcher argues assisted physician-assisted suicide should be an option in Canada, this on the heels of Dr. Donald Low, who recently passed away from a brain tumour, arguing the same thing.
A very tough issue. A large majority of us in society who own pets won’t think twice about putting them to sleep and ending their suffering from a hopeless disease or illness or accident (I was one of those recently with my cat Silence), but we hesitate to allow the same to terminally ill people (who have their own free will and choice, unlike our pets), to have the freedom of choice to make that decision.
That doesn’t mean to say I support it. On the contrary, I wrestle with that same moral dilemma that I just described of that apparent contradiction. On the other hand, I’ve had very old relatives of mine that gave “Do not resuscitate” orders if they fell deathly ill, which isnt far off from it.. tho in this case it’s the family requesting the physicians do nothing to prolong the inevitable.
In their condition, I had no objections to them not wanting to linger.. or us trying to force them to linger. A tough question I have no answer for.