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Federal Rationale for Restricting Assisted Dying Shot Down by Alberta Appeal Court

May 20, 2016

(National Post) – The federal government’s rationale for a restrictive approach to medically assisted dying has been shot down in flames by the Alberta Court of Appeal, even before its controversial legislation is put to a vote in the House of Commons. A panel of three appeal court judges says the government is flouting last year’s landmark ruling by the Supreme Court when it argues that assisted dying should apply only to those who are close to death. It’s also not complying with the top court’s ruling, known as the Carter decision, when it excludes people suffering solely from psychiatric conditions, the judges say.

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