Bill C-fucking 14.

Dr. Udo Schuklenk – a bio-ethicist at Queen’s University – is a smart, wise man.

Bill C-14’s limitations are horseshit.

“Death must be “reasonably foreseeable, taking into account all of their medical circumstances.”  So if I am suffering unbearably, but my illnesses are chronic and won’t actually kill me, I can just go right ahead and suffer – for decades – as far as the law is concerned?

I think that having medical assistance in dying should be an optiom for treatment-resistant mental illness or chronic physical illness. Surely there should be a point where enough is enough, where someone says “ok, you’ve tried all the treatments we have to offer,” where an illness and its treatment become effectively palliative. So why not give that option for a safe and humane exit?  Why not give that comfort to grieving family members, that it wasn’t a question of If Only They Had Known, or of “hanging on” until treatment took effect, but of having exhausted all possible treatments. I am actually sure that this will change to be more humane in the decades to come but the wait will come at the expense of how many?

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