How Canada's laws on assisted dying became a 'slippery slope' to critics ... trends now

How Canada's laws on assisted dying became a 'slippery slope' to critics ... trends now
How Canada's laws on assisted dying became a 'slippery slope' to critics ... trends now

How Canada's laws on assisted dying became a 'slippery slope' to critics ... trends now

Canada decriminalised assisted dying in 2016 following Supreme Court ruling 

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Among all the states to have legalised assisted dying, Canada has adopted the most radical approach.

It has been cited by those against changing the law as an example of how it could become a 'slippery slope' with the new eligibility criteria added at a later date.

Canada decriminalised assisted dying in 2016 following a ruling by its Supreme Court.

It now allows assisted dying for those with a terminal illness or those experiencing 'intolerable suffering' – the Canadian Government describes it as 'suffering that cannot be alleviated under conditions the person considers acceptable'.

The law was expanded in 2021 on constitutional grounds because it only applied to those whose deaths were 'reasonably foreseeable', making those with 'grievous and irremediable' conditions eligible.

Provisions to expand the law again to include those suffering from a mental illness are due to be considered by March 2027.

Monitoring data on the number of people opting to use assisted dying laws shows a steady increase over the four years it has been published.

There were 13,241 assisted deaths in Canada, in 2022, accounting for 4.1 per cent of all deaths. The figure represented a 31.2 per cent increase on 2021.

Canada's law around medically assisted dying is one of the most liberal in the world. In 2022 alone, more than 13,000 Canadians were euthanised as part of the programme

Canada's law around medically assisted dying is one of the most liberal in the world. In 2022 alone, more than 13,000 Canadians were euthanised as part of the programme

The Health and Social Care Committee's report remarked that Canada was often cited by those worried that a change in the law could see a series of gradual adjustments.

The MPs said: 'Individuals from both groups frequently pointed to jurisdictions where AD/AS [Assisted Dying/Assisted Suicide] is

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