“Death with dignity” or “Physician assisted suicide”, you can call it what you will but it is now a reality in Canada. While our elected representatives have struggled to put together a law that would benefit the most and harm the least, the deadline imposed by the Supreme Court has come and gone. The result? Doctors will now be put in the ethical and moral quandary of when and if they will assist a patient in ending their own life.
I read an article recently by Dr. Jeff Sutherland, a physician in Ontario who is a victim of ALS. Dr. Sutherland speaks of the times that he wanted his life to end, but now is glad that he is still alive and yet he still supports Bill C-14 and feels that it will be too restrictive.
My concern over the legislation is that like capital punishment and abortion, there are no second chances. Once it’s done you can’t change your mind or ask for a mulligan.
And so now as a society we have claimed the right to determine when a life should end, at any point from natural conception to natural death. It seems that’s society still believes the age old lie of the Devil: You can be like God.
Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.