SUPREME COURT RULES TO SUPPORT ASSISTED SUICIDE: THIS IS A BIG STEP FORWARD.

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SUPREME COURT OF CANADA RULES TO SUPPORT ASSISTED SUICIDE. 

Canadian adults who are mentally competent and suffering intolerably and permanently have the right to a doctor’s help in dying.

Now everyone can be on the same page to help these unfortunate patients.

There is now an exit strategy that provides dignity, certainty and comfort.

Citation: Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5 Date: 20150206

Docket: 35591

 

Between:

Lee Carter, Hollis Johnson, William Shoichet,

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and Gloria Taylor

Appellants

and

Attorney General of Canada

Respondent

And Between:

Lee Carter, Hollis Johnson, William Shoichet,

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and Gloria Taylor

Appellants

and

Attorney General of Canada and Attorney General of British Columbia

Respondents

– and –

Attorney General of Ontario, Attorney General of Quebec,

Council of Canadians with Disabilities, Canadian Association for Community Living, Christian Legal Fellowship, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network,

HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario, Association for Reformed Political Action Canada, Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada,

Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada, Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Societies, Dying With Dignity, Canadian Medical Association,

Catholic Health Alliance of Canada, Criminal Lawyers’ Association (Ontario),

Farewell Foundation for the Right to Die, Association québécoise pour le droit de mourir dans la dignité, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Catholic Civil Rights League,

Faith and Freedom Alliance, Protection of Conscience Project, Alliance of People With Disabilities Who are Supportive of Legal Assisted Dying Society,

Canadian Unitarian Council, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition — British Columbia

Interveners

 

 

Coram: McLachlin C.J. and LeBel, Abella, Rothstein, Cromwell, Moldaver, Karakatsanis, Wagner and Gascon JJ.

 

Reasons for Judgment:

(paras. 1 to 148)

The Court

 

Note: This document is subject to editorial revision before its reproduction in final form in the Canada Supreme Court Reports.