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Physician Assisted Suicide

Section 241(b) of the Criminal Code provides that anyone who aids or abets a person to commit suicide, whether suicide ensues or not, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years. Under Section 241(b), physician-assisted suicide is also prohibited. The Supreme Court of British Columbia recently ruled in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) [Carter] that Section 241(b) is unconstitutional because suicide itself is not illegal and the provision infringed on the equality rights of people who were mentally competent but were grievously and irremediably ill and physically disabled, or soon to become so, so that they were unable to commit suicide without assistance. 

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