A judge loosens Canada’s euthanasia belt another notch or two

A judge loosens Canada’s euthanasia belt another notch or two

 

Something north of 8,000 people have died in Canada after its Medical Aid in Dying legislation came into effect in 2016. And now it will probably become easier after a decision by a Québec judge.

This week Superior Court Justice Christine Baudouin struck down as unconstitutional a provision in the federal legislation which restricts euthanasia to terminally ill patients. The clause says that a patient’s natural death had to be “reasonably foreseeable”…

Denying them access to assisted dying is “forcing them to endure harsh physical and psychological suffering,” Justice Baudouin wrote. “The court has no hesitation in concluding that the requirement that their death has to be reasonably foreseeable is violating the rights to liberty and security of [the plaintiffs.]”

However, for Dr Michel Racicot, who represents the le Collectif des médecins contre l’euthanasie (Collective of Physicians against Euthanasia), the judgement sends a bad message…

“We’re going to have two kinds of suicides: good suicides, which are going to be medical aid in dying for people who are not at the end of life — because it’s a form of suicide, no doubt about it — and bad suicides, the ones we are trying to prevent. ”

Read the full story at BioEdge.org…