MAID town hall: What the government, experts say about proposed changes to medical assistance in dying law

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/town-hall-assisted-dying-maid-legislation-1.5491824

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

Whether you support it or are against it, one thing is for certain — medical assistance in dying, or MAID, is a complex, multilayered and deeply personal issue. Canada’s Parliament passed Bill C-14 in 2016, legalizing assisted dying. Since then, more than 13,000 people have chosen to end their lives that way. However, a Quebec Superior Court decision struck down the “reasonably foreseeable death” clause in Bill C-14 as unconstitutional, forcing the government to amend the law earlier this year. The amended law, known as Bill C-7, was tabled on Feb. 24. The proposed changes address, among other things, concerns around who is eligible for MAID, the role of palliative care, and the role of consent.