The End of Life Choice Act doesn’t require a cooling-off period before the lethal dose is prescribed
An eligible person could receive euthanasia as early as 4 days after being diagnosed with a terminal illness.
The Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Health stated that the minimum timeframe for the process from request to the reporting of the death, would be 4 working days in a hospital setting and a minimum of 15 working days in a residential setting, provided all parties are available [para 271, 271, page 46]
Parliament voted down the safeguard of a 1-week waiting period, and without debating it.
In contrast, the USA #assisteddying laws require 15, 17 or 20 days. Canada requires 10 days. Victoria and Western Australia require 9 days. In Oregon, Canada and Australia the waiting period is waived if the person is expected to die within this period.
The purpose of a built-in waiting period is to help prevent a hasty, emotional decision when a person is in shock from receiving a terminal diagnosis.
– “lethal dose” is in Section 4 of the Act
– No waiting period before making a request, section 11.
– The Ministry of Justice & Ministry of Health confirmed that the process could take as few as 4 working days in a hospital setting and as few as 15 working days in a residential setting.. Departmental Report on the #EndofLifeChoiceBill, par 271, p 46.
– Supplementary Order Paper 308 proposed requiring a second request a week later.
– Canada, 10 days: An Act to amend the Criminal Code… (medical assistance in dying) (S.C. 2016, c.3), s 241.2(4)(g)