How Legalization of Doctor-Assisted Death ‘Invites Coercion’

How Legalization of Doctor-Assisted Death ‘Invites Coercion’

Nearly 2,000 Canadians have taken their own lives with the help of doctors after the legalization of assisted suicide in the country. Apart from Canada, euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands, Belgium, Colombia and Luxembourg. Sputnik discussed the controversial law with Margaret Dore, an attorney fighting euthanasia internationally.

Canada adopted a law permitting medically assisted suicide last June and since then doctor-assisted deaths have accounted for 1 percent of all deaths in the country.

Margaret Dore, an attorney and president of Choice is an Illusion, an organization fighting euthanasia legalization efforts, explained that in many cases assisted suicide has more sinister motives rather than just relieving people of their pain due to, for example, terminal disease.

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