A proposed law allowing doctor assisted suicide has been tabled in Ottawa.
The legislation says “adults who are suffering intolerably, and for whom death is reasonably foreseeable,” should be able to choose medically assisted death.
U of M ethics professor Art Schafer tells 680 CJOB while the new law is tighter than some wanted, it’s a good first step.
“More restrictive than what the Supreme Court envisaged and more restrictive than the parliamentary committee recommended,” says Schafer.
He would have liked to have seen a law making it possible for someone with dementia to ask for doctor assisted death well in advance, while they’re mentally competent to do so.
“I think it’s a good first step, but, I’m sure there are going to be constitutional challenges from people whose condition will not be permitted,” Schafer adds.