Some, like , have been published on this topic and are weighing in with articles. Faith groups demand better palliative care. The two are not mutually exclusive. Palliative care can make a difference, but there are those who have the right to end a painful death process, unmitigated by medication, draining caregiver energy and resources.
We find terminally ill patients who have painful procedures, who have feeding tubes installed, which hasten an inevitable death, without dignity. ALS patients slowly lose their ability to breathe.
We have the protocols, Quebec, as well as many other countries, including several states in the US. Canada's Dying With Dignity has DWD Canada's 2015 Draft Policy Framework. Canadian physicians are doing research, as well. Ontario, too.
- Download DWDC’s Province of Ontario Consultation Toolkit
- Weigh in on the CPSO’s guidelines for assisted dying. Act by Jan. 13!
Less than a month remains before the federal government must introduce a law to govern physician assisted dying to meet the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling last Feb. 6 in the landmark case of Carter v. Canada, which held that current Criminal Code provisions prohibiting physician-assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.