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Canada moves to broaden assisted dying law

The Canadian government has proposed changing the law on assisted dying to extend access for those who are not terminally ill. Unlike some states in the USA and Australia, under Canada's current 2016 law, the right to request an assisted death is not restricted to those with a life expectancy of 6 months or less. [...]

2020-02-25T15:45:09+00:00February 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Canada forges ahead with consultation on assisted dying for the incurably suffering

The Canadian Government has launched a consultation on changing its law on medically assisted dying. Under its current rules, Canadian adults who are of sound mind can voluntarily request an assisted death, if they suffer from a grievous and irremediable medical condition, and are in a state of irreversible decline - resulting in intolerable suffering [...]

2020-01-16T11:17:42+00:00January 16th, 2020|Uncategorized|

New Guidelines for Canadian Medical Assistance to die in early stage Dementia cases

MDMD commented recently on how the current Canadian Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) legislation was now starting to be used in some early stage dementia cases. A recent 30-minute radio programme broadcast by CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) discusses another case in depth. The programme and a detailed summary are available on their website. This is [...]

2019-11-12T15:22:26+00:00November 4th, 2019|Canada, Dementia, Uncategorized|

MDMD welcomes the news that patron, Paul Lamb, intends to bring a new right-to-die case

Paul Lamb, who previously took his case for the right to die to the Supreme Court, is now seeking to bring forth a new attempt to change the UK’s law on assisted dying. (Sourced from MDMD’s co-founder of the assisted dying coalition, Humanists UK: https://humanism.org.uk/2019/05/07/paul-lamb-to-bring-new-legal-case-for-the-right-to-die/) Paul Lamb, 63, was severely injured in a car accident [...]

2019-05-09T12:13:08+00:00May 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Is “Mercy Killing” ever the right thing to do?

The BBC, and a number of newspapers, (see the Ayrshire Post), report the story of Ian Gordon who smothered his wife of 46 years with a pillow as "a final act of love" to relieve her pain and suffering. Did he do the right thing? The judge's explanation in sentencing, though interesting, doesn't really help. [...]