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Canadian Doctors May Assist in Suicides

The right to die has been a contentious issue in the United States for some time now according to Torchin.  It was most recently brought to light in the case of Brittany Maynard, a 29 year old Oregon resident, who chose to end her own life under Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act rather than die slowly and horribly from her terminal condition. Legislators in the U.S., even at the State level, have been hesitant when it comes to letting doctors take part in assisting people with suicide. Only a handful of states in the U.S. have legalized physician-assisted suicide. Canada has now legally taken a stand on this dicey ethical issue on a national level when the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that doctors have the right to assist in suicides.

This will no doubt remain a hotly debated issue in the United States for some time to come. Religious views seem to have a greater impact on U.S. Politics than in most other societies with secular governments. Suicide is still seen as wrong under any circumstance by a hefty percentage of the populace. There does, however, seem to be something fundamentally humane about allowing someone who is suffering to be able to end their life on their own terms. When it comes to ending the suffering of those we love, we seem to treat our pets better than our fellow human beings.

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