Saturday, January 9, 2016

Dying With Dignity: GET THE FACTS!

It's the law in Canada: Physician-assisted death. Yet we don't have any laws. The previous government stalled, or did nothing (hard to tell!), despite a Feb. 6th deadline by the courts.  The current government, installed just last month, is facing lobbyists from faith-based and other special interest groups, who are fearing death. They are asking for more time. THOSE WHO NEED PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED DEATH DO NOT HAVE TIME.

Some, like , have been published on this topic and are weighing in with articles. Faith groups demand better palliative care. The two are not mutually exclusive. Palliative care can make a difference, but there are those who have the right to end a painful death process, unmitigated by medication, draining caregiver energy and resources.

We find terminally ill patients who have painful procedures, who have feeding tubes installed, which hasten an inevitable death, without dignity. ALS patients slowly lose their ability to breathe.
We have the protocols, Quebec, as well as many other countries, including several states in the US. Canada's Dying With Dignity has DWD Canada's 2015 Draft Policy Framework. Canadian physicians are doing research, as well. Ontario, too.
We are not talking about children. We are talking about those who are terminally ill, who face a physically and emotionally painful existence. We talk about quality of life. We euthanize our pets who are in pain, and do not hope to live without pain, without dignity, hopefully the government will step up soon.

Get The Facts Dying With Dignity

Physician assisted dying is a safe, compassionate choice for individuals facing the prospect of a horrific death.

But don’t take our word for it. Get the facts on end-of-life choice and decide for yourself. 
Allowing assisted dying respects a patient's right to choose. The Supreme Court struck down the laws forbidding physician assisted dying because they unfairly restricted individual choice. Access to aid in dying will give Canadians further control over their care and, ultimately, their lives.
Canadians want choice. More than eight in 10 Canadians support physician assisted dying. Commissioned by DWD Canada, a 2014 Ipsos Reid poll opinion poll showed that 84 per cent of Canadians believe gravely ill patients should have the right to end their lives with the help of a doctor.
Making assisted dying illegal doesn’t stop it. Each year, a handful of gravely ill Canadians travel to Switzerland for a medically assisted death. The cost — $20,000 to $30,000 when you account for flights and accommodation — puts this option out of reach for most Canadians.

Less than a month remains before the federal government must introduce a law to govern physician assisted dying to meet the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling last Feb. 6 in the landmark case of Carter v. Canada, which held that current Criminal Code provisions prohibiting physician-assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau is being urged by religious leaders from Canada’s Catholic, Evangelical Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities to act quickly on creating a legislative framework to govern physician-assisted ...

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Christine said...

You plead a good case here. I notice it is available in some US states and nations with varying rules and guidelines.

Anni said...

Sometimes, I can't understand the government....I ask..."Why not face the inevitable and let the person or family members make a choice without interference from anyone else?"

Dying with Dignity is just that. We all need the comfort in knowing and caring enough to let go...when the time comes.

Well stated.