Vancouver woman unable to end life after Bill C-14

Global News quoted UBC clinical professor Dr. Ellen Wiebe for a story on a woman with degenerative spinal condition who cannot end her life since the recent passing of the assisted dying bill.

Though the woman was told that she qualified in May, that is no longer the case since Bill C-14 limits the right to die for people who face “reasonable foreseeable death.”

Wiebe has delivered lethal injections to people who meet the Supreme Court requirements to end their own lives.

“They told me that this case was too high-risk. That I, and the other doctor involved, were at high risk of prosecution if we went ahead with her,” Wiebe said. “I was devastated. It was a terrible thing to do to someone. And I believe strongly that she does have the right to an assisted death.”