The Sue Rodriguez Case and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Introduction The Canadian Criminal Code forbids counseling a person to commit suicide or assisting in an act of suicide. (Section 241.b) The Sue Rodriguez case, in which a terminally ill woman unable to take her own life wished her doctor to assist her suicide reached the British Columbia Supreme Court as dismissed the case. The Supreme Court of Canada in September of 1993 declined Rodriquez’s argument based on Sections 7, 12, and 15 of the Charter, in a 5 to 4 decision stressing that the person was entitled to life, liberty and security, (Section 7), that a person was not to be subjected to cruel or unusual treatment (Section 12) and that all persons under Section 15...The end:
..... claim was cruel and inconsiderate. Preparing this paper, however, has shown very important, serious, ethical and legal ramifications of a decision suggesting that denying doctor-assisted suicide interfered strongly with a patient’s rights. It cannot be assumed that all doctors or others would respond ethically or without opportunism in dealings with persons who might mention suicide at some point, or suggest that they were better off dead. Works Cited Government of Canada. The Rodriguez Case – a Review of the Supreme Court of Canada Decision on Assisted Suicide. Ottawa: Law & Government Division, September 30, 1993. Doc. BP-349E. Lewis, Milton J. Medicine & Care of the Dying – a Modern History. Oxford at the University Press, 2007.