On Thursday, bill C-14, the long-awaited law regarding doctor-assisted death in Canada, was introduced.
Assisted death will be legally granted to Canadians, with some rules in place. You’ll need to be over the age of 18 (though this may be revised), undergo a reflection period of 15 days before making a final decision and you must be suffering from a serious or incurable disability or disease. It will also only be granted to mentally stable individuals. The final version (this is a draft legislation – it will be voted on by Parliament) will be here June 6th.
The issue may bring up issues and be more complex than it seems, and Thomas Cardinal Collins joined the Oakley show to share his thoughts on the matter.
We were later joined by Maureen Taylor, widow of the late Dr. Donald Low and got a different perspective. Low vowed to continue his fight to legalize assisted suicide.
So, should hospitals be able to opt-out? Here’s how Dr. Kerry Bowman, bioethicist at the University of Toronto, answered the question.