Judge rules doctors’ identities in assisted-dying case can remain secret

The Globe and Mail

Sean Fine

Doctors supporting a Toronto man’s request for a physician-assisted death can keep their names private after a judge called their interest in shielding their identities “obvious.”

An 80-year-old man with advanced-stage, aggressive lymphoma is seeking a court’s permission for an assisted death, with the support of his family, doctors and a psychiatrist. Canada’s Criminal Code ban on physician-assisted death is set to expire on June 6, but the Supreme Court of Canada this year authorized Superior Court judges to approve applications from mentally competent adults who are suffering unbearably and irremediably from disease.

The ruling helps define how courts that are normally open and public will accommodate the intensely personal applications for an assisted death. . . [Full text]


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