Federal government under pressure to expand euthanasia law, advocates say
The Liberal government has promised to study three reports on possible expansion of the euthanasia law the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) submitted in mid-December.
Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, warns the government is under pressure by the euthanasia lobby to expand the law, and will likely do so after the 2019 election.
Canada’s national palliative care framework has endorsed the World Health Organization (WHO) definition which states palliative care should “neither hasten or postpone death.”
But the independent, multi-disciplinary CCA panel studied whether to expand access to euthanasia: for “mature minors;” for those who had made advance requests