Assisted suicide

In it’s  landmark decision in Carter v. Canada the Supreme Court of Canada has opened the door to physcian and medically assisted suicide for the terminally ill. This ruling affects the patients who are deemed incurable and dying. Doctors and health boards and hospitals are beginning to bring in processes that can be followed that allow for those who can make such decisions, decide on their own terms of dying with dignity. And it reveals the real problems arising with terminal  patients who may wish to have assistance in ending their lives, but who cannot make their intentions clearly known either way due to their fragile state. It is an understatement to say this is a minefield for the unwary. Lawyers can expect to be called upon for advise by the ill and families and other interested parties on all sides of this continuing debate. More to come.

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