The Carter Decision and Bill C-14 for Those Involved in End-of-Life Care

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Implications of the Carter Decision and Bill C-14 for Those Involved in End-of-Life Care

Catharine J. Schiller, RN, BScN, MSc, JD, PhD(c)
School of Nursing
University of Northern British Columbia

In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decided the Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) case, which radically changed the end-of-life care landscape. This groundbreaking decision legalized physician-assisted suicide for competent adults who consent to their termination of life and who are experiencing intolerable suffering as the result of a grievous and irremediable medical condition. The SCC held that the sections of the Criminal Code of Canada prohibiting physician-assisted suicide were invalid as they infringed the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The federal government, required to implement its legislative response by June 2016, introduced Bill C-14 on April 14, 2016. This webinar will discuss the Carter decision and Bill C-14 and will address the resulting issues with which the health care system is now grappling. There will be a particular focus on the challenges of ensuring fair and equitable access to assisted dying in different communities across Canada.

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