The case for and of physician assisted suicide. Quebec which passed its right to die legislation Bill 52 earlier this year is now being challenged in court.
Quebec doesn’t require a patient to be terminally ill, just in “an advanced state of irreversible decline.” The Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice argues a patient’s consent is neither free, nor informed if the patient hasn’t been offered all palliative care options. In Quebec complete palliative care isn’t available to all terminal patients.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court in February gave Ottawa and the provinces a year to pass a law which allows doctors to assist a patient in dying if that patient is facing a grievous and irremediable condition.
Some doctors are reasonably comfortable with the idea of assisting in a suicide, others are vehemently opposed.