September 30th marked the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in 1993 not to allow Sue Rodriguez the right to seek out a physician-assisted suicide. In Canada, we are still debating the issue and at this point, people are not allowed to assist anyone who wishes to determine when they should die. There have been recent cases, like that of Gloria Taylor, which have brought this issue to the forefront of Canadians.
Just last week, Dr. Donald Low released a filmed interview only days before he died advocating for his right to choose when to die. You can view his testimony here:
Where do you stand on this issues? Is it a question of moral reasoning or does the Charter of Rights and Freedoms suggest that we should be moving a head on this issue? Please respond by using evidence from the Charter and other cases. Here is the Supreme Court Decision. What did the nine justices decide and what rationale did they provide?