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Panel recommends that assisted suicide be legalised in Canada

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 18 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7496
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia should be legalised in Canada, an expert panel set up by the Royal Society of Canada has concluded after a two year study.

“We are recommending that the criminal code be changed in such a way as to permit physician assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia,” said Udo Schuklenk, a bioethicist from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, who chaired the panel of six Canadian and international experts.

The panel on decision making at the end of life called for a “permissive yet carefully regulated and monitored” system …

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