Human Exceptionalism

C-562: Canadian Bill to Legalize Active Euthanasia

A private member’s bill (C-562) has been introduced in the Canadian Parliament. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but our good friend Alex Schadenberg, head of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is on the case. From his blog:

• The bill legalizes euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada.

• The bill does not restrict euthanasia and assisted suicide to citizens of Canada. Canada could become a haven for American Suicide Tourists.

• The person must be at least 18 years old.

• A person may refuse appropriate treatments and still obtain euthanasia or assisted suicide. How can a physician determine that there is no prospect of relief if the person refuses appropriate treatments?

• The person may be experiencing either physical or mental pain. The bill will allows death as a treatment for depression or other chronic mental conditions.

• The bill does not define terminal illness and it is not limited to people who are terminally ill.

• The bill measures competency based on appearing to be lucid. What does that mean?

• The bill requires the person to submit two written requests at least 10 days apart.

• The bill allows incompetent people to die by euthanasia if they have made the request within a valid advanced directive. It is not clear whether medical practitioners are the only ones who can carry out euthanasia on incompetent people…

• The definition of medical practitioner is not limited to a physician.

They are getting increasingly bold, aren’t they? More later if the bill begins to move.