MP tables bills for doctor-assisted suicide

Conservative Member of Parliament Steven Fletcher (C) speaks during a news conference regarding his...

Conservative Member of Parliament Steven Fletcher (C) speaks during a news conference regarding his two private member's bills dealing with physician-assisted suicide, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:01 PM ET

OTTAWA - A Conservative MP was soliciting support Thursday for a bill that would decriminalize doctor-assisted suicide.

Steven Fletcher tabled two private member's bills that are very much at odds with his government's stand on assisted euthanasia.

The first bill proposes to amend the Criminal Code and sets out the conditions required for a doctor-assisted suicide to take place.

"This is to allow under strict circumstances the ability for competent, adult Canadians to request physician-assisted death which is at present illegal," Fletcher said.

For Fletcher, the issue is personal. He's been quadriplegic since 1996 when he hit a moose while driving a car.

He described his recovery process and how he often thought he would die, drowning on his own phlegm - which doctors had to drain from him every few minutes.

 


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