From Prohibition to Permission: The Winding Road of Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada
Bioethics, Assisted Dying, Canada, Law, Policy, Medical Assistance in Dying
In this paper, I offer a personal and professional narrative of how Canada went from prohibition to permission for medical assistance in dying (MAiD). I describe the legal developments to date and flag what might be coming in the near future. I also offer some personal observations and reflections on the role and impact of bioethics and bioethicists, on what it was like to be a participant in Canada's law reform process, and on lessons that readers in other jurisdictions might take from Canada's experience.
Jocelyn Downie, "From Prohibition to Permission: The Winding Road of Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada" (2022) 34 Healthcare Ethics Committee Forum 321.