Allow Chronically Ill People to End Their Suffering

Target: Mobina Jaffer, Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Chair

Goal: Allow chronic sufferers the right to meet a peaceful end of their choosing.

Many people with chronic illnesses are compelled to live out their lives as their suffering grows each day. Denied the right to assisted dying, they are trapped in agonizing situations, and many contemplate suicide. These people should be given the right to end their lives, and their suffering, with peace and dignity if they so choose.

Medically assisted dying is currently available for individuals whose medical condition is painful and already causing their demise. However, there are many instances across the country of patients who are paralyzed, have cancer, have sustained debilitating injuries, are battling unrecoverable illnesses, and who are in constant and growing pain, and there is no end to the suffering. These people deserve the right to stop their torturous existence, and meet an end with peace and dignity.

Efforts are underway in the Senate to modify the Criminal Code to allow more sufferers to qualify for medical assistance in dying (MAID). These changes would help people who have a chronic condition that is causing anguish, but who are not dying from the condition. Such patients should be allowed to end their distress if they so choose. The issue of medically assisted dying is a matter of equality. These suffering individuals deserve the right to life, liberty, and security of their person that so many of us take for granted.

There are many proposed safe-guards in place to protect people from abusing MAID. The patients would undergo a 90-day assessment period, receive two evaluations from experts determining their condition, and be informed of all available support services and alternative means of alleviating suffering. Medically assisted dying is a serious matter, and it is clear the decision is not taken lightly.

These changes to MAID have received approval at each step through the Senate, and it is very close to being passed. Show your support and help relieve other’s suffering by signing this petition.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Jaffer,

Medical assistance in dying (MAID) is a difficult subject to discuss, yet it is more arduous to watch loved ones suffer daily anguish with no chance of relief. Bill C-7, with its proposed amendments to the criminal code, is a challenging yet necessary revision that will give peace and rest to many suffering patients.

Not many of us can choose how we leave this life, yet most of us do not live in constant pain, and still fewer of us long to die. It is incomprehensible to put ourselves in the shoes of those who have to live like this. These chronic sufferers should be given the right to die with peace and dignity.

I support Bill C-7. I urge you to do all you can to make this become a reality.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Sam Caplat




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5 Comments

  1. Lisa Finnigan says:

    A good friend recently chose this service and they do screen people to make sure they are lucid and coherent.

  2. Elizabeth Story says:

    as long as it only the sufferer’s decision, no coercion from family or anyone else.

  3. Milantia Roy says:

    We all have a day to be born and a day to die – that’s for God to decide! After all we want to go to heaven and not to be tormented for the rest of our lives … don’t we?
    The suffering we presently have will end when God will welcome us in Heaven after we die

  4. Teresa Zamalloa says:

    God created heaven and earth and therefore he is our owner – he decides when we will be born and will die – so it’s wrong to desire and moreover request ‘an assisted death’
    He/she might ask that your life not be prolonged but not shortened!

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