Apr 07, 2014
By AM740 Staff
A group of palliative-care doctors says it’s time to prepare for the eventual legalization of physician-assisted death in Canada. In a commentary in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the doctors say physicians need to discuss potential policies and guidelines for legally assisting death. That’s because it may become legal depending on the outcome of a Supreme Court of Canada hearing. The high court will hear an appeal of the case in which the B.C. court granted Gloria Taylor a constitutional exemption to get help to end her life. The ALS patient did not use the exemption. She died of an infection. Quebec was also considering doctor-assisted death with Bill 52. It died on the order paper when the provincial election was called.