MEDICALLY ASSISTED DEATH ON OTTAWA'S RADAR

Dec 03, 2014

By Bob Komsic

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If the House of Commons and Senate both approve, then a new bill introduced by two senators would legalize physician-assisted suicide.

Nancy Ruth and Larry Campbell say this should be discussed by elected officials, who are in the position to write laws that protect both patients and their doctors.

The bill is quite similar to private member’s bills put forward by Tory MP Stephen Fletcher, who tells the New AM 740’s Goldhawk Fights Back, ”I want parliamentarians to listen to their constituents, talk to their constituents, have forums with their constituents because I think many parliamentarians would be surprised at how much support there is for physician-assisted death, with all the appropriate caveat.”

Even though a ruling is expected soon from the Supreme Court, Fletcher says the Criminal Code would still have to be changed to prevent legal challenges that would be inevitable if the status quo remains.

In October, a Dying With Dignity Canada survey found eight in ten Canadians support physician-assisted death.

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