MAID (Medical Assistance in Dying) is when a doctor or nurse practitioner uses medical intervention to end a person’s life, at that person’s voluntary request. Medically assisted dying is a fundamentally challenging and contentious matter, for which the federal government has attempted to balance various ethical, legal, and medical considerations. On March 17, 2021, new changes were made law in Canada’s MAID legislation. Time will tell whether the new legislation has struck an appropriate balance – one that balances the constitutional rights and inherent dignity of individuals with the necessary practical safeguards to settle this complex matter.
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