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4 Misconceptions About Medically-Assisted Death in Canada

4 Misconceptions About Medically-Assisted Death in Canada

In June 2016, Bill C-14 — the law that decriminalizes medical assistance in dying (MAiD) — took effect in Canada. Road to Mercy follows doctors and their patients as they struggle to identify the limits of the newly-granted right to die in Canada. Here are four misconceptions about the new law, explained.

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TIMELINE: The Twenty-Year Battle for Medically-Assisted Death Legislation in Canada

TIMELINE: The Twenty-Year Battle for Medically-Assisted Death Legislation in Canada

In 1993, Sue Rodriguez drew Canadians’ attention to the issue of medically-assisted death by bringing her fight to the Supreme Court. The Court turned her down. In the early ‘90s  Switzerland was the only Western democracy to permit assisted death, but in the past two decades, we've seen a dramatic shift both legally and culturally toward doctor-assisted death.

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Can doctors refuse to take a request for MAiD?

Can doctors refuse to take a request for MAiD?

In Canada the rights of health-care providers has been a major ethical and legal concern with regards to medical aid in dying. Are doctors now legally obligated to provide medical aid in dying (MAiD)? What happens if they refuse? 

Does Bill C-14 Protect the Vulnerable?

Does Bill C-14 Protect the Vulnerable?

With the passing of controversial Bill C-14 and the decriminalization of medical aid in dying, Canadians are trying to come to terms with the new legislation. What is it? What does it mean? Is the government now "in the business of death"?