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Quebec drops section of assisted-death bill to ensure it gets adopted quickly

Click to play video: 'Quebec drops section of Bill 38, extending accessibility to assisted dying' Quebec drops section of Bill 38, extending accessibility to assisted dying
WATCH: The government is already making adjustments to the bill aiming to extend eligibility for the province's assisted death legislation, one day after it was tabled. Quebec’s health minister backtracked by removing a controversial part of the proposed law in order to ensure it gets adopted quickly. Global’s Olivia O'Malley reports – May 26, 2022

The Quebec government is removing a section of its end-of-life care bill that would have allowed quadriplegics and people with cerebral palsy to receive an assisted death.

Health Minister Christian Dubé told reporters Thursday he is making the change to ensure the bill passes quickly through the legislature before the summer break and fall election.

Read more: Medically assisted deaths rose by 17% in 2020, continuing upward trend: Health Canada

He says opposition parties expressed concern with the bill, which was tabled Wednesday, because the question of extending medical aid in dying to people with neuromuscular disorders was never debated in the province.

Click to play video: 'Quebec contemplates giving Alzheimer’s patients advance consent for medical aid in dying' Quebec contemplates giving Alzheimer’s patients advance consent for medical aid in dying
Quebec contemplates giving Alzheimer’s patients advance consent for medical aid in dying – May 25, 2022

Bill 38 needs unanimous approval from all five parties in the legislature for it to pass quickly. The main thrust of the bill is to allow people with severe Alzheimer’s disease to receive an assisted death.

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Quebec’s medical-aid-in-dying law requires that patients give written consent to an assisted death within 90 days of the procedure.

Patients with severe Alzheimer’s, however, are usually incapable of offering clear and informed consent and are therefore currently prohibited under law from accessing medical aid in dying.

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