The federal government has until early June to come up with new assisted dying legislation, but one group thinks what they have so far is not clear enough.
Speaking on the Alberta Morning News, registrar of the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, Dr. Trevor Theman, says Bill C-14 adds more wording to the bill which he thinks limits access.
“An example would be the additional criteria – the death must be reasonably foreseeable. We’re not sure how to interpret that. The term “terminal illness” isn’t used, but even if it was that might not help us terribly much either,” says Theman.
Theman believes the wording may lead to things the bill’s creators won’t expect.
“Part of the concern is just that whether this will push patients to seek assistance in dying at an earlier stage, so it’s a question in part of whether it takes away their autonomy.”
The supreme court has given the federal government until June 6 to create the new legislation. (djs)