Medical Assistance in Dying: What is the Right Balance?

Please join MP Joyce Murray at her MP Breakfast Connections with special guest speaker Dr. Judy Illes: Medical Assistance in Dying: What is the Right Balance?

Event Details:

Friday, February 14, 2020
7:30am – Registration + Buffet Breakfast
7:50am – 8:45am Speaker Q and A
Aphrodite Restaurant, 3605 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

The cost of the breakfast is $25 / $10 for students.
(Cash only at the door)

RSVP to or by calling 604-664-9220.

In Canada, medically assisted death is available to eligible patients who wish to voluntarily end their life due to unendurable pain and suffering for health reasons, if their death is reasonably foreseeable. In September 2019, a judgment of the Quebec Superior Court struck down the existing provision in Canada’s law on medical assistance in dying (MAID) relating to the requirement that a patient’s death be “reasonably foreseeable.”

Many Canadians hold strong and polarized views on the subject of medically assisted dying: more than 300,000 people participated in a recent online survey conducted by the federal government in response to the Quebec Superior Court decision.
Our government faces the significant challenge of balancing the right of individual autonomy, with the obligation to protect the vulnerable in our society. This balance will frame the federal response to the Quebec Court judgement.

To help us understand more about the underlying issues and principles at play, Dr. Judy Illes, Professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics at UBC, will share her analysis with us. Dr. Illes is the Director of Neuroethics Canada, and faculty in the Centre for Brain Health and at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. Her research, teaching and outreach initiatives are centred on ethical, legal, social and policy challenges at the intersection of the brain sciences and biomedical ethics.

Join the conversation with Dr. Illes and share your perspectives on this very sensitive and important issue.

RSVP to or by calling 604-664-9220.

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