On Februay 6, 2015 the Canadian Supreme Court unanimously voted to overturn its ban on physician assisted suicide. Eighteen months later, on June 16, 2016, Parliament passed Bill C-26 to regulate medical assistance in dying (MAiD). Key points * —
♥ Medical assistance in dying provides patients, who may be experiencing intolerable suffering due to a grievous and irremediable (incurable) medical condition, the option to end their life with the assistance of a doctor or nurse practitioner.
♥ To ensure this service is provided in a safe manner, a system of safeguards has been designed to protect vulnerable people and support all people to make an informed decision. Anyone seeking such assistance should speak with their doctor, nurse practitioner or local health authority.
All this has profound implications on how we may wish to live and to die. Several people of my acquaintance — nurses working in hospice and geriatric care as well as people living with cancer — have already been touched by MAiD.
Please take a quiet moment — and imagine a situation where you might request medical assistance in ending your life? How does your heart react? What questions arise for you?
* This and more from the BC Government