Challenges to Choice: Bill C-14, One Year Later

DWDC's report on the major barriers currently facing Canadians who want to exercise their right to a peaceful death.

Are desperately suffering Canadians able to exercise their right to assisted dying one year after the passage of Bill C-14?

That’s a big question. But it’s one that we at Dying With Dignity Canada have tried to answer in our brand-new report, Challenges to Choice: Bill C-14, One Year Later.

The first paper of its kind we have ever produced, Challenges to Choice is a summary of the major barriers currently facing Canadians who want to exercise their right to a peaceful death. It outlines the obstacles posed by the law’s unconstitutional eligibility criteria, its ban on advance requests for people with dementia, and the safeguards in the law that cause unreasonable delays for dying individuals. The report also delves into the harms of allowing public hospitals to ban the provision of assisted dying on their premises.

Challenges to Choice ultimately offers an insider’s view into the real-world impacts, both expected and unexpected, of Bill C-14. 

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