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Bill to expand Medical Assistance in Dying

27 August 2020
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Bill C-7 died when Parliament was prorogued in August 2020. The government is expected to introduce a new bill to expand euthanasia very soon. The new bill is likely to move quickly through Parliament.

Bill C-7 would allow assisted death for Canadians who are not dying, by removing the requirement that a person’s death must be “reasonably foreseeable” in order to be eligible for assisted suicide and euthanasia. The bill establishes two streams of eligibility: those whose natural death is foreseeable, and those whose natural death is not foreseeable.

For those whose death is reasonably foreseeable, Bill C-7 would remove some key safeguards that were established in 2016, such as a 10-day reflection period between the request and the hastened death, and the requirement that a person is able to consent at the time of the hastened death. The bill also sets additional conditions for hastened death for those who are not dying.

Finally, the bill specifies that mental illness alone cannot make someone eligible for assisted death.

The EFC encourages supporters to call your MP to ask for the process to slow down and to express your concern for vulnerable Canadians, such as individuals with disabilities. Find your MP’s name and contact info.