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Gloria Taylor Regains Right to Die in Peace

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Compassion for a Dying Woman

In crafting her decision, Justice Prowse quoted from Taylor’s affidavit to the court:

I am dying.  I do not want to, but I am going to die; that is a fact.  I can accept death because I recognize it as a part of life.  What I fear is a death that negates, as opposed to concludes, my life.  I do not want to die slowly, piece by piece.  I do not want to waste away unconscious in a hospital bed.  I do not want to die wracked with pain.  It is very important to me that my family, and my granddaughter in particular, have final memories that capture me as I really am – not as someone I cannot identify with and have no desire to become.

Once again Gloria Taylor has the assurance of choice, something the federal government’s appeal took away. If anti-euthanasia groups have their way, the federal government could take it away again.

Justice Prowse does not believe Taylor should have to endure yet more legal wrangling while the courts rule on the larger issues. She wrote:

The reasons for judgment in this case put squarely at issue the important public values with which this Court (and, likely, the Supreme Court of Canada) will ultimately have to grapple in determining whether, and in what circumstances, assisted suicide may, or may not, be in accord with the public interest, including the interest of that minority of the public in circumstances similar to those of Ms. Taylor.  It is apparent there are competing arguments and interests on both sides of the issue which will be elaborated upon as the appeal progresses.  The public as a whole will benefit from this process. In the meantime, if it should happen that Ms. Taylor is not present for the end of the story because she exercised her right to end her life in accordance with the exemption, I am not persuaded that the nature of any harm suffered by the public as a result offsets the likely final and irrevocable nature of the harm to Ms. Taylor if a stay is granted.

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8:17PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

The right to make the decision about right to die, is the last decision a person has. The government should have no say in it.

9:45AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

It is entirely up to her.

12:58AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

We end the suffering of our pets but we humans have to endure our pain. Why? I think Christianity has placed this idea in our culture. I think if you are dying you should have a choice if too end your life if there is no hope of getting better.

10:07AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

What is it about our society that pushes people to want to prolong life at all cost, even when there is no hope, much suffering and total dependancy? This, to me , is preposterous and cruel!
Everyone should have the right to decide weather or not to go on living! (living? - what a life!!!)

12:42PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

I believe that your life is Your only personal possession and that you should have the ability and right, to prolong Your life, or not, regardless of the reason.

6:07AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Thanks for the info.

7:23PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

i would definitely like to have a choice

2:10PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Anyone who is anyone, who suffers from a painful disease, should be allowed to die peacefully even if it is assisted by drugs that will kill the pain and make it quick, and not have to be afraid of suffocating because their lungs stop working or choking because their throat muscles stop working.

Now those that just want to die, and are healthy otherwise, needs to go get help from a professional.

We are willing to peacefully kill our pets through euthanasia, but not our own kind who are suffering painfully and cannot be cured?

12:22PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Every human should have the right to decide how they want to die. the gov't. does NOT have the right to interfer or to dictate peoples right to die.

11:09AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Why should anyone have to have a personal exception? As an adult I have the right to do what ever I want with MY body and life. Right now I live in alot of pain due to a policy by the VA to cut my pain meds in half. When the pain gets too bad I have already decided to kill myself. Sadly because of stupid laws I will have to do this while alone so that my family is not charged. I believe in reincarnation and do not fear death. I do however fear becoming a non functioning person. I've lived my entire life as an active and independent person. I've never understood why we can give our pets a merciful and easy death surrounded by the people they love yet we sentence humans we love to a horrible life or a solitary death.

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