Canada’s Generous Offer of Legal Assisted Suicide Extended to the Mentally Ill

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    In 2016, Canada introduced a program dubbed Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). (Hooray! Another unnecessary acronym!) The goal is to allow legal medically assisted suicide to patients who are terminally sick. The government has plans to expand legal assisted suicide to an even wider group of people with a range of ailments, including those who suffer from severe mental-health problems.

    It certainly raises an intriguing question: If a person is suffering from a mental-health problem, such as dementia, how does the person actually agree to assisted suicide? Could this be a way of luring people suffering from mental illness into assisted suicide, without their genuine consent?

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