Follow-up to Bill C-7

On Wednesday, March 17th, 2021, the Senate voted to adopt the latest version of Bill C-7, which expands access to medical assistance in dying (MAiD) to Canadians who are not near natural death, including those with disabilities and chronic physical and mental illness.

We also learned this week that the Quebec government has created a Special Committee on the Evolution of the Law on End-of-Life Care to look specifically at the extension of euthanasia to people with mental illness and people incapable of decision-making who made an advance request. The committee is to submit its report by November 19th, 2021.

Following the passing of Bill C-7, here are some reactions from the disability community, psychiatrists, other physicians and citizens who are concerned about the expanded access to MAiD especially in vulnerable populations without the provision of adequate health care and social supports:



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