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Doctor-Assisted Dying Bill Restricted to Adults Facing ‘Foreseeable’ Death

April 15, 2016

(Canadian Broadcasting Co.) – Doctor-assisted death will be restricted to mentally competent adults who have serious and incurable illness, disease or disability under new legislation tabled in Parliament today. The long-awaited bill also sets out safeguards to protect vulnerable Canadians, but does not include some of the most contentious recommendations from a parliamentary committee, including extending the right to die to “mature minors” and the mentally ill, and allowing advance consent for patients with degenerative disorders. Instead, the bill limits access to those “suffering intolerably” and whose death is “reasonably foreseeable.”

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