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Mental health concerns should not be lost during debate on medical assistance in dying bill

By Louise Bradley      

It is critical that amendments to this legislation be done thoughtfully, hand-in-hand with the mental health community. Every line of legislation has the potential to deeply affect people who are at their most vulnerable.

In her speech to Parliament after the government tabled Bill C-14, Health Minister Jane Philpott noted, that many people are 'troubled by the prospect of patients with a psychiatric disorder being eligible for assistance in dying on the basis of psychological suffering alone.' The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

MPs return to the House of Commons this week to discuss medical assistance in dying legislation. It’s a historic issue, and one that will be debated quickly because of the fast-approaching June 6 deadline for implementation, mandated by the Supreme Court of Canada. The timing is apt, because today marks the beginning of Mental Health Week.  In the race to pass Bill C-14, the government’s legislation to regulate access to medically assisted dying, the special considerations around mental

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