One year later: The reality of legalized medically assisted death
In the year since state-sanctioned, medicalized suicide became legal on June 17, 2016, doctors have deliberately caused the death of their patients at a rate of about three a day.
Health Canada hasn’t reported numbers since April, when it estimated assisted suicide deaths accounted for 0.6 per cent of all Canadian deaths between June 17 and Dec. 31, 2016. There won’t be another report until fall, but extended for another six months, it’s likely that last year’s 970 legal assisted deaths may hit 2,000 over the past 12 months.
Beneath the raw reality of the numbers lies a medical community that is