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Lawmakers face profound issues in weighing law on assisted death

Thursday, February 18, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Division of powers, advance directives, mature minors, conscientious objection, oversight — these are just some of the thorny issues Parliamentarians are debating as they race to enact a criminal law that permits physician-assisted dying before the Supreme Court’s looming deadline.

It’s been widely accepted, albeit reluctantly by some, since the Criminal Code’s blanket ban on assisted suicide was struck down last year that, as of June 6 the law can no longer bar it for competent adults who consent and who have, in the court’s words,...