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Assisted Dying is Officially Legal in Quebec

Posted December 10, 2015 by Anonymous
After a lengthy court battle, Quebec Health Minister, Gaetan Barrette, announced that as of today, it will be legal for terminally ill patients in Quebec to have medical assistance in dying.

Quebec is the first province to pass this controversial law, passed as Bill 52 the “An Act Respecting End-Of-Life Care.”

As noted by Dominique Talarico, lawyer for the Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice the guidelines that physicians must adhere to are very specific (as set out in Bill 52):
“The law on end-of-life care sets out a patient’s right to “receive the end-of-life care their condition requires” as well as raises the issue of medical aid in dying and a long list of requirements to be met before a doctor can administer it.”

Many physicians, such as Dr. Amir Khadir, are relieved that the Quebec courts will now view medically assisted dying as a form of respect for patient dignity:

“Justice is done; patients who need medical aid to die will finally be able to receive it, to end their suffering and live their last moments in serenity.” 

– Rachel Spence, Law Clerk

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The French are at it again!

Posted April 14, 2015 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Your long suffering reporter fervently believes in that old axiom, “The French are the best second raters in the world” and this article does nothing to dispel that belief! A Montreal man is criticizing Quebec language laws after a clerk at a local Toys “R” Us told him he was wasn’t allowed to purchase […]

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Quebec Moves Forward With Plan To Ban IVF For Women Over 42

Posted December 9, 2014 by Anonymous

A new Quebec bill is causing quite the stir with it’s plan to ban in-vitro fertilization (IVF) for women over 42. According to CTV, if Bill 20 passes, it would make it illegal for women over 42 to undergo IVF even […]

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