Canada: Progress on medical assistance in dying

Capture_2016_04_22_14_49_13_170Inclusion International member CACL has been heavily involved in fighting to ensure that people with intellectual disabilities are protected in bill tabled in Parliament on medical assistance in dying.

Last week drafters of the bill acknowledged that “vulnerable persons must have robust protections from the possible harm of an assisted dying regime.”  However this preamble isn’t binding and the CACL will continue to study the bill and put forward amendments to ensure the bill is consistent with the preamble.  You can read more about their campaign here.

CACL have also been working with other Canadian organisations to develop the Vulnerable Persons Standard. A series of safeguards to ensure that Canadians requesting assistance from physicians to end their lives can do so without jeopardizing the lives of vulnerable people.