Friday, June 14, 2013

Bill 52: An Act Respecting End-of-Life Care

A press release from:

For the first time in Canadian history some Canadians who are at the end of life may shortly be able to die on their own terms.
On Wednesday June 12, Bill 52 "An Act Respecting End-of-Life Care" was tabled in the Quebec National Assembly to a standing ovation from members of all parties.
If passed, it will give residents of Quebec the right to have medical help to die providing that they are mentally competent, suffering from an incurable serious illness and suffering from unbearable physical or psychological pain.

The bill also addresses other critical end-of-life issues by making notarized Advance Care Plans legally binding and by stipulating that all individuals have the right to appropriate end-of-life care.  

Dying With Dignity congratulates and commends the politicians from all parties who support the bill, the experts who were consulted and the drafters of the bill. They have designed a bill that will provide care, compassion and choice at the end of life. We hope that Members of Parliament will take note and will work together to introduce similar legislation for all Canadians.
For a complete summary of Bill 52 read more here
Wanda Morris

Executive Director |  Dying With Dignity Canada 

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