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AVAILABLE EXPERT: Brittany Maynard ends her life in Oregon

Monday, November 3, 2014

Queen’s University bioethics expert Udo Schuklenk is available to comment on Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill woman who chose to end her life under Oregon’s Death With Dignity Law this past weekend.

“Brittany Maynard was able to move to a different US state in order to access assisted dying at a time of her choosing. Canadians are unable to do so because of the continuing criminalization of assisted dying,” says Dr. Schuklenk. “I hope the Supreme Court in the currently pending case will conclude that the prohibition of assisted dying is violating our Charter rights.”

Dr. Schuklenk is an Ontario Research Chair in Bioethics.

“It is worth noting that Ms. Maynard is representative of the majority of people asking for assisted dying both in the United States as well as across European nations that have decriminalized assisted dying. She was competent, well-educated, understood the consequences of her decision and made her decision without coercion by others.”

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