A court injunction has delayed the upcoming introduction of Quebec’s right-to-die legislation, as the federal government decides how to address the upcoming decriminalization of physician-assisted death.
Quebec’s Dying with Dignity law was adopted in June 2014 and was set to come into effect on Dec. 10, ahead of the February 2016 deadline set by the Supreme Court of Canada last winter.
The provincial legislation, a first in Canada, outlines the conditions in which the terminally ill can request physician assistance in dying.
But an injunction filed by the Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice successfully pushed that back to at least February. Quebec’s Superior Court heard arguments last week from the group and a disabled woman who opposes the legislation, and decided Tuesday to issue the injunction. Quebec has indicated it will appeal the decision.
“If there is a stay, either federally or in Quebec, what we're going to see is prolonged suffering for individuals who are right nowRead More »from Quebec injunction delays introduction of physician-assisted suicide law