Quebec to pass bill on physician assisted suicide

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 23 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3508
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

Quebec is set to become the fourth and largest jurisdiction in North America to legalise physician assisted suicide. Passage of Quebec’s Law Concerning End of Life Care, more commonly known as the dying with dignity bill, is expected in the next few days.

The bill goes beyond assisted dying laws passed in Washington state, Oregon, and Vermont, making Quebec the first North American jurisdiction to legalise voluntary euthanasia, in which a physician personally administers the lethal dose rather than simply prescribing it.

Canada’s government opposes physician assisted dying in any form, and the Ottawa parliament rejected similar legislation at the federal level in 2010. …

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