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."
For years, young people in South India have been euthanizing their elders to end their suffering or because they can no longer look after them, but change may have come after a wave of media attention.
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.
In early July Dr. Nitschke admitted that he’d provided advice to a man named Nigel Brayley. As it turned out, Brayley was being investigated over two mysterious deaths, including that of his former wife.
The province of Quebec recently adopted the controversial Bill 52, also known as the “end-of-life-care bill,” which would legally permit doctors to actively participate in the death of terminally ill patients suffering from physical or psychological...