Canadian report recommends widening access to physician-assisted suicide

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February 27, 2016

A parliamentary committee in Canada recommended the mentally ill and consenting minors should be allowed to choose physician-assisted suicide. (CNS photo/Lawrence Looi, EPA) See CANADA-ASSISTED-SUICIDE Feb. 26, 2016.

A parliamentary committee in Canada recommended the mentally ill and consenting minors should be allowed to choose physician-assisted suicide. (CNS photo/Lawrence Looi, EPA)

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.

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