Judge OKs first 'assisted death,' with help of physician, in Canada
For the first time in Canadian history, a judge has OK’d a plan for physicians to provide an “assisted death” to a patient, in this case a retired psychologist suffering from ALS.
The unidentified woman made her case last week in a private, in camera hearing before an Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench judge, reports the Globe and Mail.
An opinion by Justice Sheilah Martin made public this week quoted “Ms. S” as saying: “I would like to pass away peacefully and am hoping to have physician-assisted death soon. I do not wish to have continued suffering and to die of this illness by choking. I feel that my time has come to go in peace.”
Due to the degenerative neurological disease, the woman cannot speak. But she provided affidavits to the court about her wishes.