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Canada’s new assisted dying law faces legal challenge

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3688 (Published 01 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3688
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

After just 11 days Canada’s controversial new law on physician assisted dying has been challenged on constitutional grounds by a young woman with a degenerative wasting disease who is ineligible for assistance.

Julia Lamb, 25, the new face of the right-to-die movement in Canada, does not qualify for physician assistance in dying under the new legislation but would be eligible under the Supreme Court ruling that forced the government to draw up the legislation.

Canada’s …

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