Canadians should be free to choose to die, argues a new report commissioned by the Royal Society of Canada published this week in the journal Bioethics. The six-member panel of international experts claims that assisted suicide should be an option for people able to make a free and informed decision.
The report found that most Canadians support the decriminalization of voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide, both of which remain illegal in that country. Euthanasia is now legal in seven jurisdictions worldwide from the Netherlands to Montana.
The panel asserts too few Canadians give adequate forethought to how they want to die. While most want to die at home, authors found few do. Those surveyed thought people should start to consider end-of-life choices while healthy, yet don’t actually do so. Authors hope the report will trigger a national conversation.
Read the full report here.