Author of Quebec euthanasia bill says system will prevent abuses

Véronique Hivon speaks in parliament on June 4, 2014. (SIMON CLARK/QMI AGENCY)

Véronique Hivon speaks in parliament on June 4, 2014. (SIMON CLARK/QMI AGENCY)

Brian Daly, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:33 AM ET

MONTREAL — The architect of Quebec's new euthanasia law says she has "great confidence" that health-care officials will prevent any abuses.

Opposition PQ member Veronique Hivon is among 94 legislators who voted Bill 52 into law on Thursday.

Twenty-two MLAs, mostly governing Liberals, opposed it.

Bill 52 would allow doctors in Quebec to give lethal injections to adult patients who are terminal, debilitated or in "constant and unbearable physical or psychological pain."

Hivon told QMI Agency on Friday that Quebec's ombudsman found the law has safeguards to ensure only terminal patients would be eligible for "medical aid in dying."

"I have very great trust (in the system)," said Hivon. "It's not a person who one day decides 'I've have enough,' (or) a very handicapped person who has a long time to live.

"(Patients) have to have a serious and incurable illness."


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