Doctor-assisted suicide a therapeutic service, says Canadian Medical Association

 Many technical questions remain following Supreme Court decision to allow medical aid in dying

CBC News

The Canadian Medical Association supports patients who seek “medical aid in dying” as well as physicians’ choice to participate, the group’s president said Thursday in response to a Supreme Court decision.

As the legal environment changes, the CMA said it will support doctors and patients who find medical aid in dying their best option.

“What we want to do is really make sure patients who are eligible under the new rules have access to this therapeutic service, but at the same time we need to be very careful that physicians have the right to conscientious objection for moral or ethical reasons or religious reasons,” CMA president Dr. Chris Simpson said in an interview from Yellowknife. . . [Full Text]

 

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