Senators vote to expand Canada's assisted dying laws

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In a vote of 47 to 28, with eight abstentions, senators have voted to expand Canada's assisted dying regime to allow those fearing a loss of mental capacity to make advance requests for medical help to end their lives.
The amendment to Bill C-7 was proposed by Senator Pamela Wallin, who argues Canadians who have been diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer's disease or other cognitive-impairing disorders should be entitled to make advance directives spelling out when they want to receive an assisted death.
Wallin's amendment would apply to people who are not near death and even to those who have not been diagnosed with an irremediable illness but who want to ensure they can obtain an assisted death should they become incompetent at some point in the future.