Why Feminist Philosophy (Especially Sue Sherwin’s) Matters: Reflections through the Lens of Medical Assistance in Dying

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Feminist Theory, Philosophy, End of Life Care, Medical Assistance in Dying, Canada


In the not-too-distant past, medical assistance in dying (MAiD) was illegal in Canada. Assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia (which together make up MAiD) were prohibited by the Criminal Code. Many attempts were made to change the law (see Downie 2016). The most famous of these was the case of Sue Rodriguez, who took a Charter challenge of the prohibition to the Supreme Court of Canada (only to lose by the slimmest of 5:4 margins). A number of bills were also introduced in the Federal Parliament. All were doomed to failure. But then . . . change came.