Legalizing euthanasia would send a clear message: it is better to be dead than sick or disabled.
For a healthy person, it is too easy to perceive life with a disability or an illness as a disaster, full of suffering and frustration.
Directly or indirectly, euthanasia imposes many pressures on the elderly and people with disabilities . Patients who are ill or dependent often feel worthless and a burden to their family and loved ones.
The growing number of cases of abuse or neglect of elderly or those with disabilities illustrates that this is a major issue to consider.
Since the abolition of the death penalty in Canada, it is not permitted to cause another person's death. Many people would hesitate to seek treatment at the hospital.
Euthanasia is therefore in contradiction with the demands for dignity and genuine compassion that are at the heart of medicine.
It is easy to imagine cases where a patient could request euthanasia, freely or under pressure, while it goes against her best interests.
Access to euthanasia could cause an internal conflict for the patient, torn between fear of pain and the desire to continue to live rich moments with his family and loved ones.
Negative impacts, such as higher rates of suicide, are present.
However, the available studies and reports do not provide the necessary and complete data in order to understand the destructive effects of legalization of euthanasia on society.