A parliamentary committee in Quebec has recommended the legalisation of euthanasia with strict safeguards, said a Globe and Mail report on BioEdge.org.
The parliamentary committee report 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 currenly only available 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 legalisation of euthanasia to situate it in terms of appropriate end-of-life care,” said Véronique Hivon, the co-chair of the committee.
The report acknowledges that there could be constitutional snags. Euthanasia is illegal in Canada’s federal law. If the Quebec parliament legalises it, it would still be a crime in the other provinces.
Quebec could legalise euthanasia (BioEdge.org/Globe and Mail)