I have chosen to discuss the moral dilemmas surrounding public policy for euthanasia. Currently there is much proposed legislation concerning euthanasia and these include the Svend Robinson's amendment to 2. 241 - on 'aiding suicide"; and a proposed Aid in Dying Act suggested by Russ Ogden1.
The dilemma is more profound than the halo of morality prohibiting what can crudely be termed as "mercy killing" or suicide or even assisted suicide. Validating euthanasia may not only change the existing criminal laws on killings but the question we should be asking is whether such a law would be mentally acceptable to the society.
The legislator and the policy maker is therefore faced with the moral and procedural dilemma of "undoing" what has been done before. Both the Svend Robinson's amendment to 2.241 - on 'aiding suicide"; and a proposed Aid in Dying Act suggested by Russ Ogden try to pose one form of answer to euthanasia debate , while are also not within current law in Canada. The two proposals, however are great manifestations of the government to have performing it's the roles to achieve resolution in these policy matters. ...
for which the resolution would just be a question of what perspective is adopted in a given jurisdiction Canada is a free country which adopts the principle of democracy as a guide where the people must be consulted on what policy do they really want. Thus Chapter 11 has cited the growing public consensus on the issue which may help legislators in the future. It gave as example a case in Oregon that after two votes and judicial review all the way to the US Supreme Court, the country's first physician assisted suicide law was put in effect. (Greenhouse, 1997) and that under the Oregon's Death and Dignity Act, there is just a requirement of two doctors to agree that the patient has less than six months to live, and that the patiently has competently made a voluntary decision. In addition two other witnesses must agree that the request is voluntary.
Chapter 11 explained that after the formalities, the doctor may then prescribe, but not administer, the lethal dose .It has been reported that the US Attorney General Janet Reno agrees that US federal agents would not prosecute doctors following the law in Oregon - or any other jurisdiction that might adopt such a law. However, President Bill Clinton appeared to have opposed to the practice, hence he sighed a law barring any federal assistance for assisted suicide (Sniffen, 1998) (Chapter 11: Right to Life/Right to Die Justice Policy Dilemmas) Thus, the situation is back again to the unresolved dilemma.
2. The Recent Royal commission on Aboriginal Peoples has offered a series of recommendations which the Commissioners feel would serve to address the grievances of the aboriginal community in Canada. Do you feel that justice will be served if these recommendations are implemented Use historical and current