Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) became legal in Canada in June 2016.
In October 2020, Bill C-7: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying) was introduced in Parliament after it was determined that limiting access to MAID to those whose death was ‘reasonably foreseeable’ was unconstitutional. MAID was on its way to becoming an option for those whose only medical condition is a mental illness.
In August 2021 the federal government established an Expert Panel on MAiD and Mental Illness. The Panel was charged with the task of “making recommendations on protocols, guidance and safeguards to requests for MAID by persons who have a mental illness”.
The Expert Panel released their final report, which was tabled in Parliament in May 2022. Dr. Jeffrey Kirby, a bioethicist, was one of the Expert Panel Members (until he resigned in April 2022). On October 2nd I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Kirby.
Click here to read the entire interview on Mad in Canada’s website.