Life And Death Agreement

    Virtually none of the witnesses suggested that life be prolonged unnecessarily. In fact, most of them felt that there are many situations where certain medical interventions are no longer appropriate. For example, Dr. James McGregor of the Ontario Hospice Palliative Care Association said that when I suggest that these elements are essential to any conception of respect for people, I simply mean that no one can claim to respect people if their attitude towards others does not take these elements into account and actually exposes them. Autonomy, the value that is expressed in the ability to choose and have competing ideas about how we live and why we do it, is linked to individuality, because our life becomes ours only through the exercise of autonomy in a real sense. By shaping our lives for ourselves, we will claim our own values and individuality. Our own choices, decisions and preferences help us to make ourselves who we are, because each helps us to confirm and modify our own character and allows us to develop and understand ourselves. Autonomy, like the ability and freedom to make the decisions that shape our lives, is therefore essential to give each life its own particular and particular value. Because we accept that the meaning, purpose, and indeed distinctive singularity of an individual`s life are largely given by actions of self-definition and self-creation, we strive to protect these attempts at self-creation, even if we are convinced that they are wrong, even self-easy.

    While many witnesses pointed to the institutionalization of death, palliative care addresses this problem to some extent by placing greater emphasis on human relationships and ensuring that patients are not isolated from the community. To do this, many hospitals have set up hospices. Similarly, necessary palliative care, provided in accordance with generally accepted medical practice, is not prohibited by the Code, whether or not such treatment results in the death of the patient. We must also take into account the difficult deaths that these people face, both physically. and psychologically, socially and spiritually (isolation, abandonment by one`s family, guilt, fear of suffering and death, death and the afterlife…). Now consider the dilemma of a modified police officer. Suppose the police officer can see what is happening, but he cannot communicate with the driver. He sees that the driver must be burned alive, but cannot ask for what he wants or hear his pleas. Would the policeman still have the right to spare the driver terrible suffering by killing him? I believe so and I hope you will, because the alternative is to take responsibility for the death of the driver through torture. Issues relating to euthanasia and assisted suicide raise fundamental questions of public order or public policy that every court faced had to face.

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