Kanada legalisiert assistierten Suizid
After weeks of debate, Canadian lawmakers have passed legislation to legalize physician-assisted death.
That makes Canada „one of the few nations where doctors can legally help sick people die,“ as Reuters reports.
The new law „limits the option to the incurably ill, requires medical approval and mandates a 15-day waiting period,“ as The Two-Way has reported.
The Canadian government introduced the bill in April and it passed a final Senate vote Friday. It includes strict criteria that patients must meet to obtain a doctor’s help in dying. As we have reported, a patient must:
- „Be eligible for government-funded health care (a requirement limiting assisted suicides to Canadians and permanent residents, to prevent suicide tourism).“
- „Be a mentally competent adult 18 or older.“
- „Have a serious and incurable disease, illness or disability.“
- „Be in an ‚advanced state of irreversible decline,‘ with enduring and intolerable suffering.“
As a safeguard, the law also requires that two independent witnesses be present when the patient signs a request for a doctor-assisted death.