Target: Right Honorable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice, Canadian Supreme Court
Goal: Applaud court for striking down a ban on medically assisted suicide.
Doctor assisted suicide will soon become an option for Canadian residents thanks to a decision by the country’s highest court. In a landmark decision, Supreme Court justices unanimously voted to strike down a law which made assisting another person’s suicide punishable by 14 years in prison. They ruled that the law was an unfair infringement on citizens’ rights to dignity and comfort at the end of their lives.
The law will allow mentally competent adults with incurable diseases to seek medical assistance when ending their lives. The court has provided legislators with one year to come up with regulations and procedures to be followed by doctors carrying out the procedure. Though it will be rare, the procedure will provide meaningful relief to the terminally ill.
Degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis can cause deterioration of the organs, brain, and the nervous system. Some can result in immobility and a loss of control over one’s body while others can cause a loss of mental capability. These diseases can seriously reduce quality of life to the point where some would prefer to end their lives rather than suffer.
Without assisted suicide, some have resulted to violent and ineffective methods such as overdose or firearms. There was even a case where a husband was sentenced to jail time for helping his wife die with dignity. Medically assisted suicide will give the terminally ill the option to avoid what would otherwise be years of suffering and dependence. Sign the petition below to applaud Canada’s efforts to preserve the rights of some of the country’s most vulnerable citizens.
Dear Honorable Beverley McLachlin,
The Canadian Supreme Court recently struck down a ban on assisted suicide, Previously, those found aiding or abetting the suicide of a loved one faced a 14 year prison term. The decision will allow mentally capable adults with incurable diseases to end their lives rather than suffering and becoming dependent on caregivers.
Some particularly vicious diseases can cause the loss of brain and muscle function, leaving their victims immobile or incapable of remembering their family members. Without assisted suicide, some people have resorted to firearms, drugs, and even convincing their spouses to help end their lives. We, the undersigned, applaud the decision to allow medically assisted suicide, which will preserve the rights and dignity of many Canadians at the end of their lives.
[Your Name Here]
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