Euthanasia is inevitable, time to move on: Canadian Medical Association Journal article
BY THADDEUS BAKLINSKI
Thu Apr 10, 2014 15:11 EST
OTTAWA, April 10, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Debate over euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada is “obsolete” and the deadly practices are inevitable, so it’s time to move on, argues a commentary this week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
“Physician-assisted death is going to become legal in Canada in the very near future by one means or another and crucial questions need to be answered,” wrote Dr. James Downar, an assistant professor in the division of critical care and palliative care medicine at the University of Toronto, in a piece titled, “Physician-assisted death: time to move beyond Yes or No.”
Downar argues that the debate over euthanasia and assisted suicide has become irrelevant and that physicians could soon be left in a legal vacuum if the Supreme Court of Canada rules later this year that laws banning doctor-assisted suicide violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The case before the high court is an appeal of the recent British Columbia Court of Appeal ruling in Carter v. Canada that upheld the nation’s ban on assisted suicide.
The case was launched by the family of Kay Carter, who died by assisted suicide in Switzerland in 2010. The family claims Carter was denied the “right” to die with dignity in Canada and her family was forced to break the law by assisting her travel to Switzerland for suicide. The BC Civil Liberties Association represented the Carters.
Downar said Canada could end up in a similar position on euthanasia as it has been on abortion since the 1988 Morgentaler ruling.