doctor assisted suicide
Since being legalized last year, new data shows voluntary euthanasia has grown by nearly 50 percent.
At Canada’s biggest hospital network, 19 patients had a medically assisted death in 2016-17.
Assisted suicide has been technically legal in Canada since June 6, which is the date in which a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that struck down the ban on doctor-assisted death took effect. Now, there are rules.
After living with "unbearable" trauma despite psychiatric treatment, a Dutch woman was allowed to end her life. We spoke with a sexual trauma counselor about how to help patients who feel hopeless.
"It was not a question of whether we were going to move forward with medical-assisted dying, it was a question of how," Canada's justice minister said on Thursday.
As the deadline looms for the federal government to come up with new legislation allowing for doctor-assisted death, an unprecedented number of Canadians are exploring how they might end their lives sooner.
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.
The tug-of-war has left medical professionals wondering where hospitals will house the new service, and how individual doctors’ rejection of the practice will be handled.
In February, Canada's Supreme Court unanimously struck down the federal laws that made it a crime for doctors to help their patients die. It gave the government a year to come up with legislation to govern the practice.
The sticking point, of course, is what constitutes a justifiable reason to kill yourself—or have a doctor do so for you.
Until this morning, physician-assisted suicide was a criminal offence in Canada and could result in criminal prosecution for any person who "aids or abets a person to commit suicide."
On Saturday Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old right-to-die advocate, ended her life as promised, after battling a terminal brain tumor.