The federal government has introduced a long-awaited and controversial new law spelling out the conditions in which seriously ill or dying Canadians may seek medical help to end their lives.
The legislation says there should be a choice of medically assisted death “for adults who are suffering intolerably and for whom death is reasonably foreseeable.”
That’s more restrictive than conditions recommended by the special joint parliamentary committee which had been studying the issue.
That committee had urged the government to minimize the obstacles in front of Canadians who want a doctor’s help to end their suffering.
The bill says those eligible to seek that help must be mentally competent, 18 or older, have a serious and incurable disease, illness or disability and be in an advanced state of irreversible decline in capability.