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article imagePanel says Canada should legalize assisted suicide

By Owen Weldon     Nov 15, 2011 in World
A panel of researchers in Canada has recommended that doctors should be allowed to help patients end their lives when they are stricken in pain with cancer.
In Canada, an expert panel of researchers said that doctors should be able to help cancer patients end their lives. They added the Criminal Code should not consider it murder.
According to the Globe And Mail, the team of researchers, appointed by the Royal Society of Canada, pointed out that there is a gap between public opinion and the law that makes assisted suicide illegal in Canada. The researchers say that Canadians who are informed should be able to choose death as an option, as long as it’s within a regulated system.
The researchers’ report released on Tuesday, recommends that the country come up with a carefully monitored system with regard to death by assistance.
The report goes on and also recommends that the Canadian government cover end-of-life planning talks under health insurance plans, according to The Star. The report also suggests that the country needs guidelines that are clear about some of the life-ending practices out there, which includes pain treatments that could shorten lives.
The report took two years to put together, according to the National Post. The panel consisted of experts in ethics, health, medicine and philosophy. The experts studied what Canadian practices and what other countries were doing.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is what the recommendation was centered around. The panel believes that the report will start new conversations about end-of-life law in Canada.
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