On Friday, February 6th, Canada’s supreme court overturned the ban of physician-assisted suicide in the country. The court said the law denies people the right “to make decisions concerning their bodily integrity and medical care” and leaves them “to endure intolerable suffering.”
The ruling includes several provisions:
- Patients must be competent adults who clearly consent to terminating their life.
- They must be suffering from “a grievous and irremediable medical condition … that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable.”
- Physicians cannot be compelled to assist those who want to die.
Canada isn’t the only one looking to pass legislation on this topic.