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[Comment] Finding a balance: Canada’s law on medical assistance in dying

On June 17, 2016, the Parliament of Canada passed Bill C-14, a new law governing medical assistance in dying.1 The law permits physicians, and in some cases nurse practitioners, to provide an assisted death for competent adult patients who make a voluntary request, who have been informed of means available to alleviate their suffering, and who have a “grievous and irremediable” condition, as defined in the legislation. Canada’s new law must be understood in the context of competing moral and legal claims at play in a highly charged policy debate.

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