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Medical assistance in dying will be extended to people not at the end of their life

Shatius Ruth

Jan. 21, 2020

MONTREAL -- It will no longer be necessary for someone to be at the end of their life to request medical assistance in dying in Quebec, as long as they meet the other criteria of the law.
The Quebec government has decided to comply with the judgment in the Truchon and Gladu case without amending the Act Respecting End-of-Life Care, Health Minister Danielle McCann and Justice Minister Sonia LeBel announced Tuesday.
Eligible persons must nevertheless meet the other five criteria provided for by law and obtain the agreement of two doctors.
In September, a Quebec Superior Court judge invalidated sections of both the federal and Quebec laws on medically assisted dying, ruling they were too restrictive and therefore unconstitutional.
Justice Christine Baudouin ruled in favour of two Quebecers, Nicole Gladu and Jean Truchon, who have incurable degenerative diseases. They'd argued they were denied a medically assisted death under laws that are discriminatory.
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