Arguments about mercy killing, liberty, and death with dignity support the legalization of euthanasia, but there is always the possibility that undesirable social consequences may occur (Nielson). In Canada, a close examination of current palliative care available and current euthanasia practices must precede this legislation.
The concern of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is that there is an increasing tendency to promote "mercy killing" to resolve the problems of pain, suffering, aging, and mental or physical challenges, societal woes and rising health care costs (Euthanasia Prevention). They believe this has led to an increased use of euthanasia without consent, circumvention of the law, and the abuse of those who are vulnerable. They believe it threatens palliative and hospice care, and that depression is the most common factor in requests for assisted suicide. They try to promote more public awareness to stop the trend.
Francis Lalonde, a lawmaker from La Point-de-l'lle introduced bill C407, a measure which would allow a medical practitioner or someone assisted by them, to aid another person if that person had a terminal illness, is experiencing severe physical or mental pain, appears lucid and requests death (Bill). A group of 61 physicians and 39 lawyers wrote a letter strongly condemning the legislation, saying it would have profoundly adverse effects on society (