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Canada’s draft law on doctor assisted death is welcomed and criticised

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 18 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2209
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. Vancouver Island

The Canadian government has tabled a new law, Bill C-14, to decriminalise euthanasia and doctor assisted suicide. The draft law has been met with praise and criticism since it was introduced on 14 April.

Bill C-14 will amend the nation’s criminal code (and make related amendments to other laws) to exempt “medical assistance in dying” from prosecution. The proposed new law will apply only to mentally competent adults with a “grievous and irremediable” medical condition, and only where a natural death has become “reasonably foreseeable.”

Bill C-14 was drafted by Canada’s government in response to a ruling by the Supreme Court on 6 February 2015 which struck …

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