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Assisted Suicide Is Legal in Canada But No One Knows How Many Are Choosing to Die

September 5, 2016

(Vice News) – Hundreds of Canadians have chosen to die with medical assistance this summer after a new federal law made it legal for adults with terminal illness to end their lives with the assistance of a doctor or nurse practitioner. And yet right-to-die activists are concerned the federal government isn’t adequately tracking the numbers of patients that have chosen a medically-supervised death. The assisted dying law, passed in June, requires the federal government to keep track of the numbers of Canadians who undergo doctor-assisted deaths but it hasn’t yet done so.

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