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Assisted Suicide, Now a Constitutional Right in Canada

This description sure makes it sound as though the Supreme Court is making a lot of determinations that one would think should be reserved for the legislature. The legislation also strikes me as very bad in principle, and in its effects. In singling out a class of people as having a right to suicide, I don’t see how you avoid the implication that the state thinks suicide makes more sense for them than for others.

And then there’s this:

Though the decision said “nothing in this declaration would compel physicians to provide assistance in dying,” both the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan are proposing policy changes that would ultimately require doctors to refer on cases of physician-assisted suicide or in some instances to kill their patients.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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