Commentary: The Limits of Conscientious and Religious Objection to Physician-Assisted Dying after the Supreme Court's Decision in Carter v. Canada

Health Law in Canada 36(3):86-98, 2016

Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2016-11

15 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2016 Last revised: 4 May 2016

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Amir Attaran

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section; University of Ottawa - Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine

Date Written: February 3, 2016

Abstract

In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the “Charter”) protects the right of every competent, consenting adult suffering from a grievous and irremediable medical condition to choose death, assisted by a physician. The Court’s decision to quash the sections of the Criminal Code that criminalize physician-assisted dying is in abeyance until June 2016.

Suggested Citation

Attaran, Amir and Attaran, Amir, Commentary: The Limits of Conscientious and Religious Objection to Physician-Assisted Dying after the Supreme Court's Decision in Carter v. Canada (February 3, 2016). Health Law in Canada 36(3):86-98, 2016, Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2016-11, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2741748

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