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Right to die
Polls suggest 79 per cent of Quebecers and 68 per cent of the rest of the country support euthanasia (Macleans, Nov 4, National “The Fight for the Right to Die”), why then does Quebec have to describe their attempt for assisted suicide as “end of life care for the terminally ill”?
The federal government should rewrite the criminal code to ensure protection of the vulnerable but also allow those who wish, the right to choose how and when to die.
I survived cancer and not afraid of dying, just the indignity of the process. A dignified death choice would spare me and my family the slowness, pain and other unpleasant aspects of the current death process.
My mother, 91, lost her battle with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She had enjoyed excellent health and loved music, reading and communicating using e-mail, texting and Facebook.
As the disease progressed, that quality of life became just a past memory and she no longer wished to continue living.
Unfortunately, society made her final chapter of life long and very unhappy.
She was shuffled to a critical care facility after a maximum three-month hospice stay.
A fall-induced hip replacement robbed her of mobility and her dignity quickly disappeared through ceiling mounted lifts, diapers, and the impersonal care rife in such a facility.
Placed in front of a TV for hours despite having lost all interest in reading and TV was the last straw.
Mum stopped eating and the resulting death process stole her remaining dignity as we watched the cruel process unfold.
Politicians deny democracy when they refuse to debate the contentious issue of assisted suicide in public forums.