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B.C. Court prepared to rule on assisted dying: Queen's University expert

2013-11-12

Queen’s University medical ethics expert Udo Schuklenk is available to comment on the ruling expected today by the British Columbia Court of Appeal. The Court is ruling on the constitutionality of Canada’s prohibition on doctor-assisted suicide.

The court was asked to examine the law after the B.C. Supreme Court ruled last year that the law violates the charter rights of gravely ill patients by preventing them from seeking the help of a doctor to end their suffering.

Dr. Schuklenk holds the Ontario Research Chair in Bioethics. He chaired an international expert panel drafting a report on end-of-life issues in Canada on behalf of the Royal Society of Canada.

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