16 May, 2018

Chronically ill man's lawyer calls for moratorium on assisted deaths in Canada

“Persons suffering with severe disabilities require necessary health care, assistance and compassion,” Berger wrote. “These crucial services are not always provided at times of most need or in such a way that relieves suffering; instead, persons with disabilities are being assisted to their death rather than being assisted with life.” Foley, who suffers from an incurable neurological disease called cerebellar ataxia, recently filed a landmark lawsuit against a London hospital, several health agencies, the Ontario government and the federal government. He alleges that health officials will not provide him with an assisted home care team of his choosing, instead offering, among other things, medically assisted death.
Foley said that although his disorder qualifies him for medically assisted death, he simply wants to live at home.

Chronically ill man's lawyer calls for moratorium on assisted deaths in Canada | CTV News

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