A dark day in Canadian history: the Government’s Bill C-14 received Royal Assent and became Canada’s new law on physician-assisted suicide on Friday, June 17th. Competent Canadians who are at least 18 years of age and have a "grievous and irremediable medical condition" may legally obtain the assistance of a doctor or nurse to end their own lives.
Click HERE to see who qualifies for assisted suicide in Canada
Click here to see how your MP voted on C-14
A good thing is that the House of Commons refused to include a key Senate recommendation to expand access to those for whom death has not become "reasonably foreseeable”. This particular amendment would have opened the door for many more assisted suicide deaths in Canada.
But there is nothing good about Bill C-14. Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition defines Bill C-14 as "the most wide-open bill in the world," and "even worse than the Belgian law," since "no [other] jurisdiction in the world offers legal immunity to anyone who does anything for the purposes of assisting death."