The following submission was delivered to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Monday, May 3rd, 2016:
Bill C 14 on Medical Assistance in Dying Comment by Ian Gentles, Research Director, and Martha Crean, Co-President, deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research
Bill C14 is a significant improvement over the Parliamentary Committee’s recommendations in February. Given the recent experience at Attawapiskat the last thing we need is easier access to suicide for teenagers. In fact the Canadian Paediatric Society opposes the legalization of assisted dying for minors. Many psychologists and psychiatrists have spoken out against assisted dying for those suffering from mental illness such as depression.