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Nearly two thousand Canadians have opted to take their own lives with doctor’s help after legalization of assisted suicide in the country.
This is according to an interim report released by Health Canada on Friday. The report suggests that doctor-assisted death now accounts for one per cent of all deaths in the country. Cancer has become one of the driving factors prompting terminally-ill patients to put an end to their lives with medical help, accounting to sixty percent of all cases. Other diseases including neuro-degenerative disorders, respiratory and circulatory system failures were also the major reasons for choosing euthanasia. Canada adopted the controversial law permitting medically assisted suicide last June. Apart from Canada, euthanasia is legal in Netherlands, Belgium, Colombia and Luxembourg.
We discussed the report with Margaret Dore, an attorney and a president of Choice is an Illusion, an organization fighting assisted suicide and euthanasia legalization efforts throughout the United States [and internationally].