The federal government has introduced legislation to outline who is eligible to receive a doctor assisted death.
The proposed law outlines 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.”
There could be some contention with the rules as some will argue they go too far while others will say they don’t go far enough.
A special joint parliamentary committee had been studying the issue and the proposed law is much more restrictive than conditions the committee recommended.
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 ask for doctor assisted death 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.
The legislation is the long-awaited response to the Supreme Court’s ruling last year that the prohibition on doctor assisted suicide violates the right to life, liberty and security of the person.