The Vulnerable Persons Standard was created to support the development of Canada's response to the Carter decision, and assist policy-makers now working to regulate the practice of medical assistance in dying.

The Standard incorporates five evidence-based safeguards intended to protect the lives of Canadians. These safeguards help to ensure that Canadians requesting assistance from physicians to end their life can do so without jeopardizing the lives of vulnerable persons who may be subject to coercion, inducement to suicide and abuse.

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