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Woman at centre of Ontario assisted death case dies

Posted on 17 August 2017 by admin

The death of the woman was confirmed by a news release Thursday from Dying with Dignity Canada.

A 77-year-old woman who went to court to clarify the assisted dying law for people who are in excruciating, incurable pain but who do not face imminent death has died with medical assistance.

The woman, known as AB due to a publication ban, had severe osteoarthritis but her doctor would not perform the end-of-life procedure because he was concerned she did not meet the “reasonable foreseeable death” requirement.

In documents filed with the court, the woman’s lawyer Andrew Faith stressed the chilling effect a lack of clarity in the legislation had on access to medical care.

In a ruling in June, Superior Court Justice Paul Perell said that a person does not need to have a terminal condition or be likely to die within a specific time frame to access medical assistance in dying.

The death of the woman last week was confirmed by a news release Thursday from Dying with Dignity Canada.

“After AB died, her daughter said it was the first time in decades that she had seen her mother in a pain-free state,” the release said.

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