Argument: Euthanasia is better than non-treatment ways to hasten death

Issue Report: Assisted suicide


Taken from Palliative Care in Canada The Special Senate Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Of Life and Death – Final Report. June 1995. Appendix M – “We had one category for research purposes which was phrased in the following manner: “the explicit intent to shorten the patient’s life”, not “to kill”. As a matter of fact, most doctors who answered that they had performed an NTD [non-treatment decision] with the explicit purpose to hasten the end of the patient’s life, meant that they did not want to prolong suffering…”[1]