February 27, 2016
OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) — The mentally ill and consenting minors should be allowed to choose physician-assisted suicide, a federal parliamentary committee recommended.
The committee’s 70-page report was introduced in the House of Commons Feb. 25.
A Supreme Court of Canada decision — known as the Carter case — unanimously struck down the Criminal Code of Canada’s ban on physician-assisted suicide to mentally competent but suffering and “irremediable” patients. Provisions of the decision took effect in February, but the committee’s recommendations would expand the current law.