The Canadian Press

2015-02-06 | SCOC Assisted Dying

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The Supreme Court of Canada has uimously struck down the ban on providing a doctor-assisted death to mentally competent but suffering and "irremediable" patients. The historic decision sweeps away the existing law and gives Parliament a year to draft new legislation that recognizes the right of clearly consenting adults who are enduring intolerable suffering -- physical or mental -- to seek medical help ending their lives. Taylor Hyatt, a wheelchair-bound representative of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, tearfully said the Supreme Court has abandoned the disabled, even though the judgment insists the most vulnerable can be protected. (The decision reverses the top court's 1993 ruling in the case of Sue Rodriguez. The court attributes the reversal to changing jurisprudence and an altered social landscape.)

Date: 2015-02-06
Placeline: OTTAWA.
Source: The Canadian Press
Length: 22 seconds

Transcript Prediction: << I feel as if the protection has already been removed but I I I think talk about protection at this point is with the ruling actually invites people with disabilities and their lives >>


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