A compassionate decision from Canada's Supreme Court

MONTREAL, Feb. 6, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The AQDMD (Quebec association for the right to die with dignity) acknowledges the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in the Carter-Taylor case with much feeling and respect. The judges of the Supreme Court have noted changes in our society, evolving social mores and the desire of a sizeable majority – both in Canada and throughout the Western world – to be in control and exercise autonomy until the final moments of life.

We commend the Supreme Court's wisdom in demarcating practices that have been commonly adopted, at any rate – more or less secretly – for a long time. These very reasonable parameters will help patients, families, caregivers and physicians reach the outcome of a complete therapeutic relationship, based on empathy, trust and respect for the other as a whole person, in complete dignity, unimpeded by their own beliefs.

This decision from the Supreme Court translates to peace of mind for the few people at the end-of-life stage who find no physical or psychic relief in quality palliative care or no longer wish to see their bodies gradually lose humanity and autonomy once their minds are gone.

While the AQDMD also notes, with sadness, that the original complainants are now deceased, it extends its thanks to their families and all supporters of the cause who laid the groundwork for this very human and wholly compassionate decision from the Supreme Court.


SOURCE Quebec Association for the Right to Die with Dignity (AQDMD)

For further information: Georges L'Espérance, President, or Hélène Bolduc, Founder, (on behalf of the AQDMD Board), info@aqdmd.qc.ca, 514 341 4017


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