Quebec Government Removes Clause From Assisted Dying Bill To Ensure It Passes Quickly

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé speaks in Montreal on March 29.Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

The Quebec government is removing a section of its bill on end-of-life care that would have allowed quadriplegics and people with cerebral palsy to receive assisted dying.

Health Minister Christian Dube told reporters today he was making the change to ensure the Bill gets through the Legislative Assembly quickly ahead of the summer recess and autumn elections .

He says opposition parties have expressed concern over the bill, which was introduced on Wednesday, because the issue of extending medical assistance in dying to people with neuromuscular disorders has never been debated. in the province.

Bill 38 must be unanimously approved by all five parties in the legislature to pass quickly. The central idea of ​​the bill is to allow people with severe Alzheimer’s disease to benefit from assisted death.

Quebec’s medical assistance in dying law requires patients to give written consent to medical assistance in dying within 90 days of the procedure.

However, patients with severe Alzheimer’s disease are generally unable to offer clear and informed consent and are therefore currently prohibited by law from accessing medical assistance in dying.

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