Quebec closer to decriminalizing euthanasia

Veronique Hivon accompanies lawyers Michele Giroux and Jean Pierre Menard, Jan. 15, 2013. (QMI...

Veronique Hivon accompanies lawyers Michele Giroux and Jean Pierre Menard, Jan. 15, 2013. (QMI Agency/STEVENS LEBLANC)

BRIAN DALY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:25 PM ET

MONTREAL - Quebec says it has received "with great interest" a report endorsing euthanasia while critics warn that the practice puts vulnerable people's lives at risk.

A three-member committee presented a lengthy report Tuesday to PQ minister Veronique Hivon, whose government plans to table a bill on the issue of "dying with dignity."

Report co-author Jean-Pierre Menard told a news conference Tuesday that Quebec adults of sound mind should have the right to seek a doctor's help to die if they have a terminal illness.

"Medically-aided death is part of the continuum of care," he said, adding that doctors who take part in the act should not be criminally charged.


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