Quebec could legalise euthanasia

Michael Cook

A parliamentary committee in Quebec has recommended the legalisation of euthanasia with strict safeguards. Its report, “Mourir dans la dignité” (Dying With Dignity), contends that dying is a part of life and since medical assistance is used to prolong life, it should also be used in extreme cases to end it.

The report is available only in French at the moment. An English version will be published in May.

Instead of framing the proposal as a human right, the committee has described euthanasia as an advanced stage of palliative care. “This approach abandons the debate over the legalization of euthanasia to situate it in terms of appropriate end-of-life care,” said Véronique Hivon, the co-chair of the committee.

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