Canadian court hears arguments on physician assisted suicide for severely ill patients

  title={Canadian court hears arguments on physician assisted suicide for severely ill patients},
  author={Owen Dyer},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
  • O. Dyer
  • Published 20 October 2014
  • Law
  • BMJ : British Medical Journal
Canada’s Supreme Court this week heard arguments in a case that will decide the legality of physician assisted suicide for severely ill people, amid signs that government lawyers face an uphill fight in persuading justices of the benefits of the current law, under which doctors’ assistance in dying is a crime equivalent to manslaughter. The constitutional challenge was brought by the children of Kathleen Carter, who had to travel to Switzerland at age 89 to end her life, and resembles a… 
2 Citations
Canada’s Supreme Court rules in favour of physician assisted suicide
  • O. Dyer
  • Law
    BMJ : British Medical Journal
  • 2015
Canada’s long political battle over physician assisted suicide seems to have been settled decisively by a unanimous decision of the country’s Supreme Court, which has struck down a century old law
Commentary: How the Canadian Medical Association found a third way to support all its members on assisted dying
  • J. Blackmer
  • Political Science
    British Medical Journal
  • 2019
To participate fully in the public debate, the CMA adopted a position of neutrality, advocating for all its members who held divergent views on a change in the law, writes Jeff Blackmer


Quebec to pass bill on physician assisted suicide
  • O. Dyer
  • Medicine, Political Science
    BMJ : British Medical Journal
  • 2014
The bill goes beyond assisted dying laws passed in Washington state, Oregon, and Vermont, making Quebec the first North American jurisdiction to legalise voluntary euthanasia, in which a physician personally administers the lethal dose rather than simply prescribing it.
Canadian doctors support new stance on dying with dignity as legislative changes loom
Euthanasia and assisted suicide are currently illegal in Canada under its criminal code, but in June 2014 Quebec became the first Canadian province to adopt right to die legislation.