Thursday 3 March 2016

Balancing Love, Vulnerability and the Right to a Doctor Assisted Death

In the United States, news is dominated by the pre-election primaries.  But in Canada, headlines are about how my country should operationalise a Supreme Court ruling on physician-assisted suicide.  The Supreme Court's 'Carter Decision' found that: 

Section 241 (b) and s. 14  of the Criminal Code  unjustifiably infringe s. 7  of the Charter  and are of no force or effect to the extent that they prohibit physician-assisted death for a competent adult person who (1) clearly consents to the termination of life and (2) has a grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease or disability) that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition.

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