Conservative Party MP Steven Fletcher says his private members bill (C-582) is strikingly similar to the Supreme Court's recent decision regarding assisted suicide.
I caught up with Fletcher at this weekend's Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa.
Fletcher explains that he is an advocate for physician-assisted suicide in cases involving the full consent of a cognitive adult.
This means that under the provisions of his private member's bill, those suffering from conditions like dementia and chronic depression wouldn't qualify.
Fletcher also explains that his bill contains safeguards such as a three-physician panel, which would protect vulnerable individuals from being taken advantage of.
We talk about the continuing need for better hospice and palliative care, as well as additional resources to allow those with disabilities to live meaningful and dignified lives.
Finally, I asked him what would happen if a Canadian doctor refused to participate in physician-assisted suicide on religious or ethical grounds:
(Earlier today at the Conference, I also spoke to world-renowned ethicist Margaret Somerville, who opposes the legalization of assisted suicide.)
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