A ban is still in place in the country’s territories, however, with advocates calling for people there to have the “fundamental right to self-determination.”
Adam Maier-Clayton is 27. Canada's new assisted suicide legislation won't allow a doctor to help him commit suicide, so he's planning to do it himself.
Medically assisted suicide has been legal across Canada since June, and in Quebec since December.
At issue is the narrowness of the proposed law, which restricts medically-assisted death to mentally-sound adults over 18 who have a "serious and incurable illness, disease or disability" and voluntarily consent to die.
Vikram Gandhi reports from the Netherlands, California and Oregon to investigate the moral, political and personal questions about how we end our lives.
Euthanasia officially became legal in the province of Quebec last month following a tense legal battle over the law. The federal government is coming up with its own legislation that will apply to the rest of Canada.
It's almost 2016 and chronically ill patients can now choose to end their own life, but women in PEI still can't get an abortion.
"I don't know how it rates in terms of laughs per minute."
Jennifer Glass fought for terminal patients in California to legally receive prescriptions for life-ending medication, but she died before it could come to fruition.
California's legislature has once again put off voting on a bill that would grant terminally ill people the ability to die more quickly with the help of a lethal prescription drug.
That means figuring out what we want out of the end of our lives and acknowledging that the medical establishment does a pretty lousy job at preparing people to die.