The Quebec government on Monday has decided to take a step back and will not, for the moment, allow access to medically assisted death to those suffering from serious mental health illnesses.
Quebec health minister Danielle McCann made the announcement at the opening of a forum in Montreal examining the evolution of legislation governing medically assisted death, saying further consultation on the issue is needed in order for the public to be comfortable with the choices that are being made.
McCann said she was concerned by the worries raised since the debate on medically assisted death had been resumed. She said because of those worries she wants “take a break,” and listen to comments, suggestions and recommendations on the issue.
The minister stressed however that those inflicted with an incurable, physical, degenerative diseases causing intense suffering that medical science cannot ease will, as the courts have decided, have access to medically assisted death.
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