Legalizing euthanasia would send a clear message: it is better to be dead than sick or disabled.
For a healthy person, it is too easy to perceive life with a disability or an illness as a disaster, full of suffering and frustration.
An investigation is underway to elucidate 300 other cases of suspicious deaths, probably caused by the same doctor. The cost of poisons used for causing death by euthanasia is about $ 50 per injection, while a chemotherapy treatment costs thousands of dollars.
We know that euthanasia is increasing in countries that have legalized it: an increase of 18 % in the Netherlands in 2011, and another 13% increase in 2012.
An overburdened health care system limits the quality of care and may create pressure on patients, making them choose death.
Patients estranged from their family may think that euthanasia is the only solution. Quebec even has an annual Suicide Prevention Week, an initiative that some would like to see replicated across Canada. S states that have legalized assisted suicide, the rate of non-assisted suicide has increased.
Directly or indirectly, euthanasia imposes many pressures on the elderly and people with disabilities . Patients who are ill or dependent often feel worthless and a burden to their family and loved ones.
The growing number of cases of abuse or neglect of elderly or those with disabilities illustrates that this is a major issue to consider.
It is easy to imagine cases where a patient could request euthanasia, freely or under pressure, while it goes against her best interests.
Access to euthanasia could cause an internal conflict for the patient, torn between fear of pain and the desire to continue to live rich moments with his family and loved ones.