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Physician-assisted dying part 4: Patient perspectives

The right to determine what should be done with one’s own body is a fundamental right in our society. In Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that, for a competent adult suffering from a grievous and irremediable medical condition, this right includes a right to die with … Continue reading

Physician-assisted dying part 3: Finding a balance between autonomy and access

“Health institutions, including regional health authorities and other institutional providers (e.g. hospitals, hospices and long-term care facilities) are critical enablers of effective and equitable access to physician-assisted dying.” Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying, Final Report, November 30, 2015, at 3. Part 2 of this series examined the implications of the decriminalization of physician-assisted … Continue reading

Physician-assisted dying: Where are we now and where are we going?

What is the current status of physician-assisted dying in Canada? For most of Canada’s history, physician-assisted dying was a crime: sections 14 and 241(b) of the Criminal Code absolutely prohibited any person from assisting another person to commit suicide and provided that any person who violated this prohibition was liable to imprisonment for up to 14 … Continue reading
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