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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