• October 21, 2020 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm

University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics – Bioethics Seminar Series 2020-21


Trudo Lemmens, LicJur, LLM bioethics, DCL, Professor and Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, Joint Centre for Bioethics and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

About this Seminar:

The most significant goal of the government’s new MAID bill is to allow people with chronic illness or disabilities to request MAID even when they are not close to their natural death. I will discuss how the bill will provide people with chronic illness and disabilities privileged access to MAID without recognizing the complex and often coercive socio-economic and health care context in which decisions are made; a context highlighted by the current pandemic. I will illustrate why the 90-day assessment period offers only token protection, particularly also because of the failure to require that alternative options are made available and tried first. The safeguards cannot hide that promoting by law the medical system’s involvement in ending the life of people with disabilities and chronic illness amounts to a deadly form of discrimination, since the law continues to protect others by prohibiting third-party involvement in their death.

Additional Details:

This event is free and is open to the general public. The direct link to the lecture will be sent out to registered participants before the event.

Questions? Please email Laurie Bulchak, laurie.bulchak@utoronto.ca.