The Body is Not a Jail: A Case for the Legalization of Assisted Suicide in Canada


By Heather Graham

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In 1992 Sue Rodriguez, a British Columbian woman, fought to the higher echelons of the legal system, the Supreme Court of Canada: for her right to assistance to commit suicide.  In a court case that ensued for over 2 years, Rodriguez was eventually denied her request, her right to die with dignity. In a 5-4 split the Supreme Court justices dismissed her case of discrimination against her right to life, liberty, and security of the person (S.7 Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms), based on state justice fundamentals to protect vulnerable people and uphold the sanctity of life (S. 241b).(Malloy, 1) In the case of terminal illness, the ability to end ones life should be the entitlement and free will of the patient to choose, without risking criminal persecution for auxiliary personnel, regardless of Religious affiliation, and be sanctioned by legal processes.

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