Thursday, December 1, 2011

Globe and Mail on End-of-life Care

I'm grateful to Thaddeus Pope for drawing my attention to the Globe and Mail's amazing current series on end-of-life care.

There are two current important cases on end-of-life care pending in Canada. I blogged earlier about Gloria Taylor's case rising from British Columbia, which is challenging, for the first time since the Rodriguez case in 1993, the constitutionality of Canada's law against assisted suicide. The second case is that of Hassan Rasouli, a patient in a permanent vegetative state in Toronto. Rasouli's medical team wants to discontinue aggressive care and begin palliative care, but the patient's family disagrees. Lower courts held for the family, but the doctors have now appealed to the Supreme Court.

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