Jocelyn Downie is a professor in the Faculties of Law and Medicine at Dalhousie University. Downie was a member of the pro bono legal team in Carter v. Canada, a member of the Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying and a member of the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel on End of Life Decision-Making.


Abortion pill: One step forward, two steps back

The good news is that Health Canada has approved Mifegymiso for sale in Canada.  Mifegymiso is a combination of drugs that, taken together, cause what’s called a medical abortion.  Medical abortion can be preferable to …

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Hasty change to assisted dying bill a serious error

When complex and controversial draft legislation is processed rapidly, significant potential implications of the bill – and any amendments made to it – can be missed. Unfortunately, this is precisely what happened with the federal …

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