Religious care homes refusing patients the right to die

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Kendra Mangione

The right to die isn’t guaranteed in Canada yet, but the issue is already causing arguments in B.C.

The federal government’s controversial bill on assisted dying was passed in the House of Commons on Tuesday, and will now face the criticism of the Canadian Senate.

Bill C-14 outlines eligibility for assisted dying, limiting the option to consenting adults suffering from serious and incurable diseases and disabilities.

The bill followed a Supreme Court ruling last year that adults should have the right to seek medical help to end their lives if their suffering is intolerable. Under the Supreme Court ruling, a federal ban on assisted dying will be formally lifted on June 6.

Less than a week before the ban is lifted, the right to die is already causing conflicts in B.C.

The owners of some religion-based care homes have already decided they will not permit residents to decide when to end their lives, if it goes against their religion. . . [Full Text]

One thought on “Religious care homes refusing patients the right to die

  1. The headline is inaccurate and betrays the bias of the author/editor, as does the statement that “religion-based care homes . . . will not permit residents to decide when to end their lives.” Residents can decide whether or not to seek euthanasia or assisted suicide and may obtain the services elsewhere. For example: the daughter of the resident identified in the story could make her own residence available for the purpose should her mother decide that is what she wants. The care home in question is not preventing that. It is refusing to allow someone to be killed or helped to commit suicide on its premises.

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