Agree or Disagree: It’s time to reopen the “Right to Die” debate.


In the midst of the other news going around the last couple of weeks, you might have missed the story of Brittany Maynard.

Brittany Maynard was a 29 year old woman who suffered from a stage 4 malignant brain cancer. She announced on YouTube that on Saturday November 1 she will end her life.

This is a really simplistic statement in of itself. So, let’s give some clarity here. She was diagnosed with brain cancer in January. She was told by doctors in April that she had six months to live.  And that six months would be very painful.

Throughout this process, Maynard became an advocate for terminally ill patients  to receive medication that will allow then to die on their own terms.You can see her video above.

Maynard’s story got lots of attention. It included a website which you can see here. And her name was mentioned over 105,000 times on Twitter according to Topsy.com

Considering Maynard’s story, and the many more that will not get this type of attention, is it time for us to consider reopening the “Right to Die” debate?  Before, you answer, I hope you have a look at this article. This is comprehensive look at the issues around the topic from USA Today.

I hope when you discuss this, you give the respect and dignity of all perspectives that will be shared.

Agree or Disagree: Legalizing euthanasia is unnecessary and dangerous.


Agree or Disagree: Legalizing euthanasia is unnecessary and dangerous.

You may have heard today that Quebec tabled a new “right to die” legislation today.

In the National Post, Junior health minister Veronique Hivon is quotes as saying this.

This bill is a response to the demands of Quebec society, a society that has conducted a thorough reflection on the end of life and which is committed to work for the welfare of everyone,” Hivon said.

“Considering the interest and hope raised by the work of the special commission on dying with dignity and the unanimity of its recommendations, we have a responsibility as a government to deal with it.”

In the video above, the group Physicians Alliance for the Total Refusal of Euthanasia called it unnecessary and dangerous.

“I took an oath. I’m not supposed to kill people,” said Gerald van Gulp, a palliative care and emergency room doctor, at a news conference at Montreal’s Hotel Dieu Hospital Wednesday afternoon held by the Physicians’ Alliance for the Total Refusal of Euthanasia.

“You have to call a spade a spade. When the intent is to inject a lethal drug, a poison, it is a homicide” 

What do you think? Is this unnecessary and dangerous? And how will this impact other provinces going forward? Do you see euthanasia being legalized across Canada?