ONTARIO PLAINTIFF IN LANDMARK ASSISTED-DYING CASE DIES
Aug 10, 2017
By Bob Komsic
A woman, whose court action’s helped clarify Canada’s doctor-assisted dying law, has passed.
Dying with Dignity Canada announcing the 77-year-old, known only as A.B., died last week after living for over 30 years with an excruciating form of osteoarthritis.
She made her initial request for medical assistance in dying (MAID) earlier this year.
Two doctors told her she satisfied the eligibility criteria laid out in the law and a date was set.
However, confusion surrounding the criteria, especially the requirement that one’s natural death must be ”reasonably foreseeable” resulted in the providing physician getting cold feet.
That happened again – two more times.
So A.B. made an application to court and in June, an Ontario Superior Court Justice ruled she satisfied the reasonably-foreseeable requirement.
Dying With Dignity Canada CEO Shanaz Gokool was in court in support of A.B. and called her soon after the ruling.
”She was in giddy disbelief,” said Gokool. ”She asked me repeatedly if the ruling meant what she thought it did. And she wanted to know whether other Canadians in her position might benefit from the decision, too.”
The federal and Ontario governments decided not to appeal the ruling.