What’s the Relationship Between Suicide and MAiD?
MAiD, Healthcare, End of Life Care, Canada, Mental Health
Should people with mental illness as their sole underlying medical condition be allowed to have access to medical assistance in dying (MAiD)? That’s a question in front of Parliament right now. The House of Commons has passed a Bill that excludes MAiD for persons suffering from mental illness as their sole underlying medical condition. The Senate amended that Bill to put a sunset clause on the exclusion (it will cease to have any force and effect 18 months from the coming into force of the Bill). Soon the amended Bill will be back before the House, which will have to decide whether to accept the amendment.
Jocelyn Downie, David Wright & Mona Gupta "What’s the Relationship Between Suicide and MAiD?", Opinion Editorial, Policy Options (15 February 2021) < policyoptions.irpp.org > [perma.cc/5BWG-4GZD].