Bill C-14: Liberals Unveil Doctor-Assisted Suicide Legislation
The new legislation governing doctor-assisted suicide was finally tabled in Ottawa on Wednesday. Among its various restrictions, Bill C-14 limits access to assisted suicide to those who are “suffering intolerably” or whose death is “reasonably forseeable.”
The Bill (see a full breakdown at CBC.ca) includes safeguards to protect patients from being encouraged to pull the plug in “moments of weakness” as well as providing them with a 15-day “reflection period” so as not to rush them into making a hasty decision.
The Bill would also protect all doctors and nurses from being prosecuted as well as ensuring that health-care workers who oppose the practice will have the freedom to act according to their conscience.