Supreme Court agrees to delay assisted dying ruling

The Supreme Court of Canada agreed today to a four month extension before Canada's assisted dying law is struck down. Those in suffering today will be able to apply to a judge for permission to hasten their death in the meantime. The decision follows a request by the Liberal government for a six-month delay.

The ruling also allows Quebec's assisted dying law, which came into force in December, to go ahead.

Ian Bushfield, Executive Director, BC Humanist Association:

While this decision clears some of the hurdles for those wanting to end their suffering today, it still sets a high bar for Canadians to exercise their rights. We will continue to press the governments of Canada and British Columbia to stop impeding those who have made a clear and free choice to end their lives.

Read more:

Supreme Court allows four-month delay of assisted dying ruling - Dying With Dignity Canada

Supreme Court gives federal government 4-month extension to pass assisted dying law - CBC

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