Published on : Friday, April 15, 2016
Canadian parliament has passed a new suicide law applying only to Canadians and residents which allows them to commit suicide. People from outside Canada will not be allowed to pursue suicide tourism in Canada.
Visitors who wish to take advantage of this suicide tourism will have to be eligible to health services in Canada.
The law has been chiefly set for those suffering from chronic and severely incurable diseases, — “for adults who are suffering intolerably and for whom death is reasonably foreseeable”. The law says that the person must be mentally competent, 18 or older, have a serious and incurable disease, illness or disability and be in an advanced state of irreversible decline in capability.
Assisted suicides are legal in Switzerland, Germany, Albania, Colombia, and Japan and in US states Washington, California, Oregon, Vermont, New Mexico and Montana. California legislation passed a law which will come into effect later this year making assisted suicide legal with proof of Californian residency.
Germany’s law applies to Germans and foreigners alike. Switzerland’s law is valid for everyone in Switzerland, and people who take part in assisted suicides are not required to be residents or citizens, according to a justice ministry spokesman Bernardo Stadelmann.
The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg allow doctors, under strict conditions, to euthanise patients whose medical conditions have been judged hopeless and who are in great pain. Last year Quebec’s top court allowed terminally ill patients to die with medical help.