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Euthanasia and aiding suicide to remain criminal acts in Canada

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5280 (Published 27 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5280
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. 1Calgary, Alberta

Canada’s federal health minister has confirmed that there were no plans to change existing legislation so as to decriminalise euthanasia and doctor assisted suicide.

Rona Ambrose was responding to a Canadian Medical Association debate that exposed strong feelings among the country’s doctors on “mercy killing.”

She said, “Parliament voted in 2010 to not change its position on this issue. At this time we don’t have any intention of changing our position.”

Doctors revisited the topics of euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, and end of life care at the 146th …

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