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Life or Death : A Matter of Choice? (Paperback) (Daniel J. Baum)

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A understandable overview of the laws regarding euthanasia, end-of-life treatment, and medication of those who may be unable to decide for themselves if the treatment is necessary.Our bodies are ours to control, free from state interference — or so it appears. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.” But, how absolute is this? Do parents have the final decision in determining the medical care of their children, even if that choice may mean death? May children override the choices of their parents as to medical care? What role, if any, does the state (or the courts) have in reviewing individual medical choices, even if those choices are made by an adult but could result in death? Can physicians insist that their patients must have certain medical treatments? Do the terminally ill have the right to ask for assistance in dying? These are among the questions upon which Canadian judges must rule. When and how they reach decisions are explored inLife or Death: A Matter of Choice?A understandable overview of the laws regarding euthanasia, end-of-life treatment, and medication of those who may be unable to decide for themselves if the treatment is necessary.Our bodies are ours to control, free from state interference — or so it appears. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.” But, how absolute is this? Do parents have the final decision in determining the medical care of their children, even if that choice may mean death? May children override the choices of their parents as to medical care? What role, if any, does the state (or the courts) have in reviewing individual medical choices, even if those choices are made by an adult but could result in death? Can physicians insist that their patients must have certain medical treatments? Do the terminally ill have the right to ask for assistance in dying? These are among the questions upon which Canadian judges must rule. When and how they reach decisions are explored inLife or Death: A Matter of Choice?
According to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, our bodies should be ours to control, free from state interference. But how is this principle applied in Canada? Do the terminally ill have the right to ask for assistance in dying? Can physicians insist that their patients must have certain medical treatments? Must the mentally ill do what their doctors believe is best for them or can they decide to opt out of treatment?

These are difficult ethical and legal dilemmas that we are still in process of resolving as Canadians. Right now euthanasia, for example, is still illegal in Canada, but a B.C. Supreme Court decision has recently overturned a ban on assisted suicide. Legal expert Daniel Baum examines what safeguards that the Charter offers us as Canadian citizens about our right to opt out of taking medications, accepting medical treatments, being forcibly confined because of mental illness, and asking for assistance if we or our loved ones wish to be allowed to die.
Number of Pages: 238.0
Genre: Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Death + Dying, Medical Law + Legislation, Health
Series Title: Understanding Canadian Law
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
Author: Daniel J. Baum
Language: English
Street Date: September 15, 2015
TCIN: 17349148
UPC: 9781459723788
Item Number (DPCI): 247-45-8464

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