A Morte em Tribunal

UTRECHT – Gloria Taylor, Canadiana, tem esclerose lateral amiotrófica (ELA), também conhecida por doença de Lou Gehrig. Durante um período de alguns anos, os seus músculos enfraquecerão até que já não possa andar, usar as mãos, mastigar, engolir, falar, e por fim, respirar. Depois ela morrerá. Taylor não quer passar por tudo isso. Ela quer morrer na altura que escolher.

O suicídio não é um crime no Canadá, portanto, como Taylor diz: “Simplesmente não consigo compreender porque é que a lei diz que os doentes terminais fisicamente aptos estão autorizados a disparar sobre si quando já não podem mais, por serem capazes de empunhar uma arma com firmeza, mas porque a minha doença afecta a capacidade de me mover e controlar o meu corpo, não me é permitida uma ajuda compassiva que me permita cometer um acto equivalente utilizando medicação letal.”

Taylor vê a lei como oferecendo-lhe uma escolha cruel: ou terminar a sua vida quando ainda a acha agradável, mas é capaz de se matar, ou abdicar do direito que os outros têm de terminar as suas vidas quando escolhem. Ela foi a tribunal, argumentando que as provisões do Código Criminal que a previnem de receber assistência à morte são inconsistentes com a Carta Canadiana de Direitos e Liberdades, que dá aos Canadianos os direitos à vida, à liberdade, à segurança pessoal, e à igualdade.

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