Re: “Woman showed courage in choosing to die,” letter, Feb. 14.
Ruth Goodman’s suicide at the age of 91 raises the question of whether all Canadians should have the freedom to make such a choice. Others can debate whether she showed courage or selfishness. Those debates miss the point.
The true point is one of freedom. Canada is blessed with many individual freedoms. I can think of no reason why Canada should restrict individual freedom by telling someone they cannot choose to die if and when they want to.
Many people would never exercise this freedom, and I applaud those who decide to live their life until they die of natural causes. Others might wish to exercise this freedom, and I support their right to choose.
Canada’s list of freedoms would be expanded, not contracted, by giving all Canadians the right to choose when and how to die.
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