Sunday, May 1, 2011

Ersatz Canadian Victimhood About Aiding In A Suicide

If you read this bog regularly, you'll know that Canada is embroiled in all kinds of debates about legalizing assisted suicide - currently it's still a crime. So, as expected, here come the "poor victims" who have gone with a loved on to Switzerland for assisted killing and then are worried on their return that they might be charged. Really? The Canadian authorities have consistently indicated that they will turn a blind eye, just as they do in the UK. So why the media coverage about their fears of prosecution? Why, to make the claim for victimhood, of course, in the hopes that it will sway people to call for decriminalizing assisted suicide in Canada.
Assisted suicide abroad puts families in legal limbo
Family and friends who travel to Switzerland to be with their loved ones as they commit assisted suicide enter legal limbo when they return home -- they may have committed a crime, but have no way of knowing if the police will come calling.
British Columbians Lee Carter and Hollis Johnson filed suit against the federal government this week for legal changes that would allow doctor-assisted suicide for people suffering from incurable diseases. As it stands, helping anyone commit suicide is a criminal offence punishable by up to 14 years in prison. more

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