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Letters Assisted Dying Bill

Data to support assisted dying

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 05 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4966
  1. James Downar, critical care and palliative care physician1,
  2. Marcel Boisvert, palliative care physician2,
  3. Derryck Smith, psychiatrist3
  1. 1University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada M5G 2C4
  2. 2Montreal, Canada
  3. 3Vancouver, Canada
  1. james.downar{at}

The editors of The BMJ have taken an important stand in the assisted death debate in the UK.1 In Canada, we are also coming to terms with this issue. Quebec province has legalised it, and our supreme court is set to hear a case that could strike down the federal laws that prohibit it.2

In Canada, about 80% of the public supports the legalisation of assisted …

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