Jonathan Breslin, PhD, is an Ethicist at the Southlake Regional Health Centre and Mackenzie Health in Ontario
Following the recent passage of Canadian legislation governing assistance in dying many might ask whether the law should be amended in the future to allow for request for medical assistance in dying in advance of becoming mentally incapable of doing so. This question is most relevant to people diagnosed with conditions like Alzheimer dementia (AD). The federal government made a commitment to study advance requests prior to passing Bill C-14. There are a host of problems with advance requests for medical assistance in dying that warrant deep and thorough reflection.
At first glance the idea of allowing advance requests for medical assistance in dying seems intuitive. ...continue reading