Canada Wrestles with Terms of Doctor-Assisted Suicide

June 7, 2016

(The Wall Street Journal) – A political stalemate over right-to-die legislation is stirring legal questions about who can seek a doctor’s help to die and under what conditions doctor-assisted suicide is lawful in Canada. As of Tuesday, a 2015 Supreme Court of Canada ruling decriminalizing doctor-assisted suicide will take effect, giving Canadians who have “grievous and irremediable” conditions the constitutional right to seek a physician’s help to die. The ruling had been suspended to give lawmakers time to craft legislation defining who fits the court’s criteria.