Assisted Dying Bill C-14: Senate Votes To Amend Legislation Again

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OTTAWA — The Senate has passed an amendment to the Liberal government's assisted death bill that would bar a beneficiary of a person seeking the procedure from helping in the process.

Senators are reviewing a number of proposed changes to the controversial legislation introduced in response to the Supreme Court of Canada's landmark ruling on the issue.

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Sen. Don Plett arrives at the Senate on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, October 28, 2013. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

The upper chamber today passed an amendment proposed by Conservative Sen. Don Plett by a vote of 49 to 20 with two abstentions.

The amendment would make it an offence for people to help another person self-administer a substance prescribed as part of medical assistance in dying if they know or believe they would materially benefit from the death.

It would also prevent a beneficiary from signing a request for a doctor-assisted death on behalf a patient who is unable to do so.

An earlier amendment passed in the Senate would extend the right to assisted death to those suffering from non-terminal conditions.

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