Thursday, September 23, 2021

Why do death certificates list an assisted death as a natural death and capital punishment as homicide?

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

When someone dies by lethal injection, referred to as MAiD and better known as euthanasia, the death certificate is to list the medical condition that the person had when requesting death by lethal injection and not state "MAiD" or euthanasia.

Most US states that have legalized assisted suicide (a self-administered death by a lethal drug cocktail) also require that the death certificate list the medical condition 
that the person had when requesting death by a lethal drug cocktail.

When someone dies by capital punishment in the US, which is often done by lethal injection, the death certificate will state homicide.

Why do death certificates list euthanasia and assisted suicide as a natural death and capital punishment is listed as homicide?

One reason might be that the person who dies by capital punishment does not request that death be inflicted upon them while with an assisted death, people request their death.

Nonetheless, this distinction is not always true.

When analyzing the acts, they are all done by the same or similar lethal drug cocktails. Death occurs in the same manner with the only real difference being the intention of the act.

Whether or not you support euthanasia, assisted suicide or capital punishment, I conclude that homicide is homicide and suicide is suicide. Euthanasia and capital punishment are homicide and assisting a suicide is a suicide. Any other distinction is based on symantics and not reality.

1 comment:

Honestus said...

ignorantia legis neminem excusat


Ignorance of the FHA leaders should not be tolerated. They are accountable to the public.

Why would Fraser Health ignore federal legislation on the safeguards of MAiD? Are they above the federal law.