Ottawa, Canada, Apr 29, 2019 / 16:00 pm
Over one percent of all deaths last year in Canada were the result of euthanasia, a new government report has revealed.
The Fourth Interim Report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada, released this month by Health Canada, showed that from January to October of 2018, a total of 2,613 people in Canada received "medical aid in dying," amounting to 1.12% of all deaths.
Only one person self-administered their own lethal does in a physician - assissted suicide. In all other cases, according to the report, the patient died following a deliberately administered lethal dosage by a doctor or a nurse at the request of the patient - effectively medicinal homicide.
Assisted suicide laws in the United States typically require patients to self-administer the drug, but this is not the case in Canada.