In the past year, Canada legalized and began to make provision for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). This service is now available in two forms: (1) physician-assisted suicide (where a medical practitioner provides a substance that a person can self-administer to cause their own death); and (2) voluntary euthanasia (where a medical practitioner directly administers a substance that causes the death of the person who has requested it). Advocates argue that providing MAID increases patients’ options, allows them to die with dignity, alleviates suffering, and thus maximizes justice and autonomy. What are we to make of these claims? Is MAID the best we can do? What holistic Christian response to MAID best shows compassion for the suffering and concerned care for the vulnerable?
Patrick Franklin (PhD, McMaster Divinity College) serves as Vice President of the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation. He is the author of Being Human, Being Church (Paternoster, 2016) and is the editor of Didaskalia, the academic theological journal of Providence.
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