Source: Mihai Simonia | AdobeStock "It surely is a long agonising wait before a physician allows euthanasia, because there is always something left to try to make your suffering more bearable. Recommendations from two other physicians are also needed, and, in the meantime, time goes by and you’re still suffering. Moreover, the people around you cannot believe that you want to die, because you’re looking so good, so no one would allow you to die. So when I finally got the permission to die, that was a huge relief." —Testimonial from a 52-year-old woman with a chronic mental illness who requested euthanasia in Belgium 1 In March 2023, Canada will begin allowing people with intractable mental disorders the option of voluntary euthanasia. To understand how we got here, and to evaluate whether this is something terrifying and dangerous or enlightened, let's go back a few steps. On February 6, 2015, in a unanimous and carefully reasoned decision referred to as Carter v Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the prohibition on assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia, finding it to contravene the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In so doing, it gave Canadian adults who are mentally competent and suffering intolerably and enduringly the right… Read full this story
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