As a new parliamentary report recommends that few restrictions, not even the need to have a terminal illness, be placed on Canadians’ ability to access doctor-assisted suicide, the report also says that assisted death should be available to those with mental illnesses or psychiatric conditions.
Initially, this report recommends that parliamentarians consider allowing minors to have access to assisted-death after a three-year period in which only adults are allowed to access it.
“Suffering is suffering, regardless of age and that there is a risk that the provisions may be challenged on the basis of section 15 of the Charter (equality rights) if minors are excluded,” says the report.The 21 recommendations, released Thursday, come from a 16-member parliamentary committee as Justin Trudeau’s government looks into new legislation for assisted death after last year’s Supreme Court ruling.
Yet given the politics, not everyone on the committee agreed with the report. Four Conservatives even wrote a dissenting opinion, saying not enough safeguards were being put in place. As the report lays out general guidelines for who can access assisted death and how it should be granted, it basically says anyone with an illness that causes enduring suffering and with the ability to provide informed consent should have the ability to access doctor-assisted death, the report says. Essentially, it also suggests two doctors need to independently sign off on a patient’s death request and that the request should be witnessed by two people who don’t have a conflict of interest.
The good thing is that the report says that doctors should be allowed to object to the practice as long as they can recommend the patient to another physician.
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