SENATORS CALL FOR RACE-BASED DATA ON REQUESTS FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING

Feb 12, 2021

By Jeremy Logan

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Senators want the federal government to collect race-based data on who requests and receives medical assistance in dying.

They approved an amendment to Bill C-7 Thursday night, requiring the government to collect such data.

The bill would expand access to assisted dying to intolerably suffering individuals who are not near the natural end of their lives.

The amendment reflects concern that Black, racialized and Indigenous people with disabilities could be induced to end their lives prematurely due to poverty and lack of support services.

Senator Mobina Jaffer, a member of the Independent Senators Group who proposed the amendment, noted that no race-based analysis was done when the bill was being drafted.

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