As of Monday, December 14, 2020, Bill C-7 was passed by Parliament without amendments.
What does Bill C-7 do? (from Euthanasia Prevention Coalition)
- Bill C-7 removes the requirement of having a "reasonably foreseeable death." This means that individuals who are not terminally ill could be eligible for candidates for euthanasia and assisted suicide.
- Bill C-7 permits a doctor or nurse practitioner to lethally inject a person who cannot consent, if that person was previously approved for MAiD."
- Bill C-7 waives the ten-day waiting period when a person is deemed to be “terminally ill.” Thus a person could request MAiD on a "bad day" and die the same day. Studies prove that the “will to live” fluctuates."
- Bill C-7 creates a two-track law. A person whose death is deemed to be reasonably foreseeable would have no waiting period while a person whose death is deemed to be not reasonably foreseeable would have a 90-day waiting period.
- Bill C-7 reduces the number of witnesses from two to one, and the one witness could be connected to the care of the person. When abuse is done to a vulnerable person, it is often done by a family members or care-giver.
- Bill C-7 claims to prevent MAiD for people with mental illness. The law permits MAiD for people who are physically or psychologically suffering that they find intolerable and that cannot be relieved in a way that the person considers acceptable.Bill C-7 states: Exclusion (2.1) For the purposes of paragraph (2)(a), a mental illness is not considered to be an illness, disease or disability.
For more information of what you can do, read recommendations from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: