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​End of life

On February 6, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled current Criminal Code provisions banning assisted suicide were unconstitutional. The court gave the federal government 12 months to prepare a new law on physician-assisted dying.

The court ruling is the latest chapter in the ongoing debate in Canada on end-of-life issues, which the Canadian Medical Association has helped lead. The CMA has pledged to help draft new guidelines for end-of-life care that provide practical guidance to Canadian physicians while respecting individual members’ views and providing the patient’s perspective on this issue.