It is a difficult thing to do, and medical personnel is adversely affected.In Belgium, doctors are entitled to psychotherapy after euthanizing a patient.In the Netherlands, there is a confirmed case of a patient euthanized to free up a hospital bed.In Brazil, although euthanasia is illegal, a doctor has recently been accused of seven murders after killing patients in intensive care.Since the abolition of the death penalty in Canada, it is not permitted to cause another person's death. Many people would hesitate to seek treatment at the hospital.Euthanasia is therefore in contradiction with the demands for dignity and genuine compassion that are at the heart of medicine.Palliative care provided by a well-trained team help the patient, his family and loved ones. Only about 20% of Canada's population has access to palliative care.
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 impossible to establish guidelines strict enough to limit euthanasia to persons for whom it is provided.
In fact, the safeguards provided do not hold up in practice.
In Oregon, where assisted suicide has been legal since 1997, the number of reported assisted suicides has increased by 306%, but it is impossible to know what the real number, because the system designed to collect the data is flawed.
One thing is certain: Life in society is based on relationships of mutual trust among all citizens. We are already witnessing worrisome abuse in jurisdictions where euthanasia or assisted suicide is legal.