Motion presented by J. Félix Fenández
Would you help a relative to do an assisted suicide?
“Daniel James a 23 year old who played rugby for England as a teenager has committed suicide in a Swiss euthanasia clinic after having become paralysed from the chest down in a training accident. Police are investigating” (The guardian/october 18, 2008).
It is one of some cases that occur every year all over the world, such as the case as the Canadian woman who suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or as the Spanish Ramón Sampedro and recently the Italian girl Eluana Englano.
First of all we have to distinguish the three first cases related as an assisted suicide from the last case, that of the Italian girl case where after she had lived for 17 years in a vegetative state the doctors removed life-suppport equipment. Assisted suicide is to aid or procure the suicide of another who wants or begs to die, such as a someone suffering from an incurable illness or chronic intense pain, who intentionally kills himself with the help of another individual.
The only jurisdictions where assisted suicide is not illegal are Switzerland, the Netherland, Belgium, Luxemburg and the State of Oregon in the USA. However, anyone who accompanies a relative to a clinic that provides facilities for terminally ill people to commit suicide, risks prosecution on their return to their country, where, under different laws, they may be charged with murder, manslaughter and other offences.
So would you or wouldn’t you………? and should we legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill people?