At the Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa, I talked to renowned ethicist Margaret Somerville about the Supreme Court of Canada's recent decision in favour of assisted suicide.
Already in Quebec, the "Care at the End of Life" bill will allow doctors to give patients lethal injections, beginning this December.
Somerville explains the difference between euthanasia and assisted suicide, then touches on issues like capital punishment and palliative care.
She uses a personal anecdote to illustrate how difficult it can be to obtain adequate end-of-life pain relief, even for someone as well-connected and knowledgeable about the health care system as she is.
Somerville insists that such care would drastically reduce demand for the legalization of assisted suicide and what she calls "first degree murder, legalized" -- euthanasia.
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