Birth, life, death. It's all pretty certain.
The Supreme Court comes out with a decision on physician-assisted death today.
PM Harper refuses to deal with it.
Right to Doctor Assisted suicideThe B.C. Civil Liberties Association, along with two women who have intractable and progressive diseases — Kay Carter and Gloria Taylor — have taken the case to Canada’s top court seeking to allow seriously and incurably ill, but mentally competent adults the right to receive medical assistance to hasten death under specific safeguards.
"Euthanasia Prevention Coalition"
Some in the disabled community are fearmongering about 'slippery slopes' and murder of the intellectually disabled. They've created this lobby group to fight it.
Some in the medical community, who don't want the responsibility, cite Dutch horror stories of the 1990s. This is something we learned from, and several countries have excellent programs.
Truthfully, most of my clients have a good death. One with dignity and grace.
Very few of my clients would want it, but for the very few who may, it would give them peace of mind. Physicians are so bad at house calls, pain and symptom management is the key to a good death. It is the nursing case manager who calls the doctor to order pain relief meds.
For the very few who would choose it: those with difficult disease trajectories, like ALS - where you drown in your phlegm, unable to breathe or cough, perhaps it would be a gift from a society that understands dignity of life and death.
We shall see.