Physician Assisted Suicide/Death Online Consultation – Deadline November 1, 2015
As the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Canadians should have a right to physician assisted suicide/death, the Federal government is required to create the legal means by which assisted suicide/death will be accessed. In this regard the Federal government struck a panel of experts to provide it with recommendations on the process for enacting legal access to assisted suicide/death. While Inclusion Alberta remains opposed to physician assisted suicide/death because of the risk it presents to individuals with developmental disabilities, this will become legal under the law. Our energies now need to focus on safeguarding the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and others who are vulnerable. This need to safeguard those who are vulnerable is actually consistent with the findings of the Supreme Court.
The deadline for Canadians to participate in the Federal Panel on Physician Assisted Suicide online consultation is November 1st, 2015. We encourage everyone to participate.
For more information you can read the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) position on safeguarding individuals with developmental disabilities, which Inclusion Alberta has endorsed. Information on CACL’s position can be found here: Who is Vulnerable: http://www.cacl.ca/node/2517/
Proposed Policy Framework: http://www.cacl.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/CACL%20AS%20Policy%20Framework.pdf
Proposal to Regulate Physician-Assisted Suicide and Voluntary Euthanasia in Canada: http://www.cacl.ca/action/campaigns/protecting-choice-safeguarding-inclusion#sthash.WdajQvXJ.dpuf
Federal Criminal Code amendments by David Baker and Gilbert Sharpe, endorsed by CACL: http://www.cacl.ca/action/campaigns/protecting-choice-safeguarding-inclusion#sthash.WdajQvXJ.dpuf