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Reviving the debate on physician-assisted suicide

Posted in End of Life Care,Estate Planning,Powers of Attorney by Cesia Green on December 11, 2012

Last week, I blogged about the Globe’s death series and the importance of living wills. This week I wanted to draw from that series again, but this time on a very different topic: euthanasia.

This past summer, the British Columbia Superior Court released its decision on Carter v. Attorney-General of Canada, and ruled that the provisions of the Canadian Criminal Code that prevented physician-assisted suicide were invalid. On July 13, the federal government announced that it would appeal the ruling; this case is likely to go all the way to the Supreme Court before it is finally decided.

In the Globe’s article, they profiled a family that allowed its story to be used in support of the court case. The story is powerful, about children who deeply loved their parents yet helped them both to die. Whichever side of the debate you fall on, I think you will be moved by it.

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