This blog explores the legal intricacies of the Malone v. Cappon case, specifically focusing on the challenges surrounding frozen embryos, jurisdictional issues, and the intersection of family law and reproductive technologies.
In Canada, the perception of a heated abortion debate is challenged upon closer scrutiny. With minimal abortions occurring beyond 21 weeks and only 8% of Canadians opposing abortion entirely, Canadians are actually more aligned than we might think.
MAID is no longer available exclusively for individuals who are dying.
Can someone retrieve your sperm or egg from your body after you die - and use it to have a child? The answer is complicated.
We are on the verge of MAiD becoming lawful for Canadians whose death is not reasonably foreseeable.
Media is reporting that the government is considering removing the right of substitute decision-makers to consent to withdrawal of ventilators.
After consultation with stakeholders, commissioning of expert reports, and some lawsuits stating that aspects of the current law are unconstitutional, the time to update Canada's MAID laws has finally arrived.
Is it legal to retrieve sperm from a dead man – and use it to have a baby? The short answer is exactly what you’d expect from a lawyer: it depends. The long answer, for Canada at least, is that it depends on whether the deceased man put his wishes in writing and who would be using the sperm.
An Ontario man entered family law arbitration seeking to vaccinate his kids, which his ex-wife opposed. To his surprise, he lost.
The week of November 19 is all about fertility law!
In Ontario, if a doctor has a religious, moral or ethical objection to providing a medical service, such as abortion or medical assistance in dying, they can refuse..
A man in Florida tattooed “DO NOT RESUSCITATE” (often referred to as “DNR”) on his chest. Later in life he was brought into the emergency department in an unconscious state and his health care professionals were subsequently left to ponder whether they could – or should – honour his wish if his heart stopped.
The Ontario government introduced a new bill (“Bill 160, Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017″) that, if passed, would create a variety of changes within our health care system
Health Canada is planning on amending the Assisted Human Reproduction Act and is seeking feedback from the public.
An Ontario Court has brought some clarity to confusing language in the Criminal Code that regulates medical assistance in dying in Canada.
On December 7, 2016 the Ontario government introduced Bill 84, Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016 to fill some gaps that were outside Parliament’s authority to legislate.
There have been several media articles about “death doulas” or “death midwives”, who provide services to people who are dying and their families. The fact that many of these individuals are volunteers makes it clear they are driven by a passion to help. However, as a new field there are multiple legal issues that could pose problems for these service providers and the public alike.
On June 17, 2016, Bill C-14 passed and thus Canada now has legislation to govern physician-assisted deaths. On June 27, 2016, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association launched a legal challenge to the new legislation.
Canada’s Parliament introduced medical assistance in dying legislation (Bill C-14).
An Ontario court has granted its first order allowing a person to die with the assistance of a doctor.
People seeking permission to have a physician-assisted death are finding that there are many barriers to overcome before applying to court.
The Supreme Court of Canada has decided to grant Parliament’s request to delay laws that would make physician-assisted suicide legal in Canada… in part.
There is confusion about whether Quebec physicians can legally assist people to die between December 10, 2015 and February 6, 2016.
A New Zealand girl born with developmental disabilities is unable to speak, walk or see. In an effort to make her life better, her family decided to stunt her growth and remove her uterus.
In February 2016 physician-assisted suicide will be legal in Canada. And we need to talk about it.
A Panel is carrying out consultations about the developing assisted dying laws in Canada.
The parents of an Aboriginal girl with cancer were allowed to refuse chemotherapy; the parties returned to court to have the judge clarify the decision.
Which “self” should prevail if the future “self” is a different person?
The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision opens the door for physician-assisted suicide in Canada.