Trudeau government introduces highly-anticipated right-to-die legislation

Dec 19 2017, 9:21 pm

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has tabled its long-awaited law on doctor-assisted dying, which lays out the conditions on who could seek medical help to end their life.

The legislation states “adults who are suffering intolerably and for whom death is reasonably foreseeable” will get the choice of medically assisted death.

A special joint parliamentary committee studied the issue thoroughly and came up with a much less restrictive plan for the issue.

The committee wanted minimal obstacles for Canadians who wish to end-their-life due to suffering.

This bill states that all eligible Canadians who seek the doctor-assisted death must be competent, 18-years or older, have an incurable disease, illness or disability and be in an advanced state of irreversible decline in capability.

The bill also says a death must be foreseen but there does not have to be a timeline or specific prognosis on exactly when that might occur. (twd, The Canadian Press)

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