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The topic of euthanasia or MaiD (Medical Assistance in Dying) has always created controversy, before and even after it was legalized in Canada on 2016. Here are the opinions of what Gleneagle students think about Euthanasia or MaiD.

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Euthanasia is ending the life of a patient who has an incurable disease or illness painlessly, it is illegal in most countries but was legalized in Canada in 2016. MaiD (Medical Assistance in Dying) is when a physician or nurse practitioner provides medications that would end the qualified patient’s life. 70% of MaiD cases involved individuals with cancer. In Belgium, their right to die was extended to children in 2014, there has been no cases involving minors.  

Finnegan Price, Grade 10 student in Gleneagle, mentioned how his own grandfather having do not resuscitate orders, which is an order set for people who do not want to undergo CPR as it would break their ribs and would rather not be saved as he is aged. “If they would allow Do not resuscitate orders, then they should allow euthanasia.” Said Price. “If it’s pain living then I would rather see them die, than to see them suffer.” I personally agree with his opinion as I also do not wish to see my family members in pain. Though it would be very difficult for me to see them having to make this decision. Other students in gleneagle had a similar opinion to Price’s opinion.  

“I respect it” Said Kayla Kim grade 10 student, “I don’t want to see my family members die but if it’s killing their soul, I would rather see them die… I want to see my family die in happiness not in pain” stated Kim. Though there are students who are opposed to the idea, Lee stated, “if my family was going through this, I would do anything to persuade them to have a second thought and prevent them from getting euthanized.” I agree with Kim’s perspective, as if they ask me about what I would do if my family member chose being euthanized, I would answer that they should do something that would make them happy, depending on the situation, but if they have an incurable illness and is in continuous pain cycle that never ends then I would respect their opinion, but if they are depressed or just having a thought that dying would solve the problem then I would not support.  

“it’s all circumstantial,” said Price, when asked about if age restrictions of euthanasia were lowered to 12. “If you’re in a state where you rely on machines to barely survive and they won’t get better, then I can understand it.” Jin Yi Lee, Grade 10 student, answered this question very differently. “In my opinion, the age restrictions are too low. Euthanasia is a serious decision that must be thought deeply. So, 12 years old is too young to have such a painful thought, I do not think we should be encouraging them into such as thing” In this case I agree on both terms but parts, for Prices opinion I agree that if they need to rely on the machine, they should definitely have the option. For Lee’s opinion, I agree that 12 may be too young to make a very tough decision, but then again, I think its circumstantial. Though in Belgium where they have extended their right to die in 2014, there has been no reported cases of minors being involved.  

Suicide is devastating for the victim’s family and loved ones and can leave a lasting “legacy of pain.” MAiD (Medical Assisted In Dying) gives the patient’s family and loves one’s time to say goodbye. In most places where MAiD is legal, most patients die at home among family.  

Supporters rally outside the Supreme Court of Canada on the first day of hearings into whether Canadians have the right to seek help to end their own lives Wednesday October 15, 2014 in Ottawa. Adrian Wyld/CP

When asked about under which circumstances should the patient be in when they are being euthanized, Lee answered, “physical illness is the only circumstance that’s an exception in getting euthanized. If a person cannot endure the pain of a disease, then the person should be given the right to end their pain.” I have mixed feelings about this topic as there are mental illnesses that would make it hard for them to live on because they are in pain, but then again, they could also not be in the right mind to decide for themselves. For patients to go through the process of euthanasia or MaiD, it requires that the individual to be suffering from a “grievous and irremediable condition” and that death must be “reasonably foreseeable.” Which makes it so that 1 out of 10 requests are granted.  

Pictures:

Dying with Dignity

Reflecting on “medical assistance in dying” or MAID

What comes after the Supreme Court’s assisted suicide ruling?

Sources: 

why people choose medical assisted in dying

Why active euthanasia and physician assisted suicide should be legalised

Pros and Cons of euthanasia

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