Support fair assisted dying access for Canadians with dementia
I believe that Canadians with a diagnosis of dementia or other capacity-eroding conditions should be allowed to make advance requests for assisted dying, so they can have peace of mind as they plan for end of life. I pledge to speak out for fair, constitutional assisted dying rules that do not discriminate against whole groups of desperately ill individuals on the basis of their age and/or diagnoses.
Will you sign?
Canada’s assisted dying law, while a source of comfort for some, currently fails whole groups of Canadians who have been cruelly barred from accessing their right to a peaceful death.
As it stands, only those suffering Canadians whose natural death is “reasonably foreseeable” can qualify for a medically assisted death. And the law forbids Canadians from making a request for assisted dying — one that could be honoured later, when they can no longer communicate. This effectively excludes thousands of Canadians from access, including individuals with capacity-stealing conditions like dementia or a paralyzing stroke.
Our supporters have told us time and time again how important it is for Canada to have assisted dying rules that actually respect the rights of Canadians, especially those with dementia. The current law of the land fails to do that.
Thankfully, there promises to be a number of critical opportunities in the months and years ahead to help shape the future of assisted dying in Canada. From government-initiated studies on both the federal and provincial levels, to reports and surveys conducted by academic researchers and the medical community, to opportunities to engage online, there will be no shortage of chances for you to speak out for fair assisted dying rules that give Canadians real choice.
By signing this pledge, you are making a commitment to seizing every critical opportunity and making your voice heard in the future. Once you sign, we’ll keep you updated on all the ways you can contribute and participate in the upcoming discussions that promise to shape the implementation of assisted dying in our country.
In the meantime, don’t forget to share this action with your friends and family, so they can get involved, too. If we are to bring Canada’s assisted dying rules in line with the compassionate, patient-centred values laid out in the Supreme Court’s Carter decision, we’ll need nothing less than a critical mass of Canadians to get the job done.