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 A “right to life” is not a “duty to live

On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released its unanimous ruling on physician-assisted death. It specifically examined the Criminal Code of Canada provisions making it illegal for any person to assist in the suicide of another. Those provisions were introduced to respect life and protect the vulnerable from being induced to commit suicide at a time of weakness. But as a result of this ruling, in a year’s time, it will be legal for a physician to assist in the death of a competent adult person who clearly consents to the termination of life, and has a grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease or disability) that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to that person in the circumstances of his or her... read full article here

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 A “right to life” is not a “duty to live

On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released its unanimous ruling on physician-assisted death. It specifically examined the Criminal Code of Canada provisions making it illegal for any person to assist in the suicide of another. Those provisions were introduced to respect life and protect the vulnerable from being induced to commit suicide at a time of weakness. But as a result of this ruling, in a year’s time, it will be legal for a physician to assist in the death of a competent adult person who clearly consents to the termination of life, and has a grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease or disability) that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to that person in the circumstances of his or her... read full article here

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