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Deciding on Assisted Death in Context of Mental Illness Highly Complex, Experts Say

March 7, 2016

(CBC News) – One of the most contentious issues sparked by Canada’s upcoming right-to-die legislation is whether people with mental illness should be eligible to seek a doctor’s help to end their lives, along with those suffering from a “grievous and irremediable” physical disease like terminal cancer. Last week, a parliamentary committee recommended that Canadians with psychiatric disorders that cause intolerable suffering should be included in any regulations governing physician-assisted death, which becomes legal June 6 under the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark ruling a year ago.

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