Canada court okays assisted suicide

p22876World-News-9-1

Published: Friday 6th February 2015 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

Canada’s highest court has unanimously struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide for mentally competent but suffering and “irremediable” patients.

The Supreme Court’s decision sweeps away the existing law and gives parliament a year to draft new legislation that recognises the right of consenting adults who are enduring intolerable suffering to seek medical help to end their lives.

The judgment said the current ban infringes on the life, liberty and security of individuals under Canada’s constitution. It had been illegal in Canada to counsel, aid or abet suicide, an offence carrying a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.

The decision reverses a ruling the Supreme Court made in 1993. At the time, the court was primarily concerned that vulnerable people could not be properly protected under physician-assisted suicide.

Published: Friday 6th February 2015 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

Local business search