Author(s)Shariff, Mary J., PhD
Bioethics, Assisted Death, Elder Law, Palliative Care, Health and Technology
Bioethics and Medical Ethics
Health Law and Policy
Human Rights Law
Law and Society
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Abstract" ... Regrettably perhaps, it is as spectators that we must proceed in trying to determine how the law should respond to the needs and pleas of the dying. Neither judicial activism or, to borrow the language of the B.C. Court of Appeal, a "top-down design of a broadly applicable system for assisted suicide" are sufficient for a Canadian democratic solution. If we are to take anything from the plea of Dr. Low, it would be to respond to the issue of assisted death in a mature, reflective, and compassionate manner. To achieve this, we must be committed to listening deeply to the worries, concerns and fears of all sides."