On Feb. 6, 2015, the Supreme of Court of Canada’s decision in Carter v. Canada struck down the ban on doctor-assisted dying. The unanimous ruling gave eligible patients the right to receive physician help to die.
Our new government of Canada has four months to develop legislation that will respond to the Supreme Court of Canada ruling that the current law that makes it illegal for anyone to help people end their own lives should be amended to allow doctors to help in specific situations. Go here for a CBC report.
The Nova Scotia College of Physicians and Surgeons has released a draft document to act as a guide to doctors who will be involved in physician-assisted suicide when it becomes legal in February.
Is there a difference between killing and letting die? “Bob Lane argued convincingly in the Humanist in Canada that there is no real moral difference between these actions. But one who administers a lethal dose is subject to extreme legal sanctions, while another who achieves similar results by stopping treatment will suffer no legal consequences.”
More discussion available by clicking on either of the magazine covers above or go to the BC Civil Liberties site.
This is an important issue that citizens should think about and then let the government know what they believe and why.