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Canada proposes expanding access to assisted dying

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Politicians will be asked to support changing the law to allow assisted dying The Canadian government has put forward a bill to make medically-assisted death available to people who are not terminally ill.The bill opens the door to allowing Canadians with degenerative illnesses like cerebral palsy to seek medically-assisted…

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Politicians will be asked to support changing the law to allow assisted dying

The Canadian government has put forward a bill to make medically-assisted death available to people who are not terminally ill.The bill opens the door to allowing Canadians with degenerative illnesses like cerebral palsy to seek medically-assisted death.Health minister Patty Hajdu said the proposal would protect vulnerable people while giving Canadians autonomy.It was introduced in parliament on Monday and has cross-party support.The legislation was precipitated by a 2019 Quebec Superior Court decision that struck down the requirement for patients to prove their natural death was “reasonably foreseeable” in order to seek to terminate their life. Justice Christine Baudouin said the requirement infringed on the “life, liberty and security of the person” and was thus unconstitutional. She sided with the plaintiffs, Nicole Gladu, 74, and Jean Truchon, 51, in the high profile case last autumn. Both plaintiffs had degenerative illnesses that had worsened to the point that they had lost all their autonomy. They experienced persistent and irremediable suffering, their lawyer Jean-Pierre Ménard argued. Mr Truchon had cerebral palsy, and Ms Glad
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