Ontario Appeals Court rules doctors don’t have right to remove life support



June 30, 2011

TORONTO, Ontario, June 29, 2011 ( – By REBECCA MILLETTE – In a decision that will have far-reaching effects for the province and all of Canada, Ontario’s Court of Appeal judges ruled today that doctors do not have the unilateral right to remove life-support from a patient.

In the Rasouli case, which was similar to the much-publicized Baby Joseph case, doctors at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre were seeking permission to remove life-support from 59-year-old Hassan Rasouli who, they said, was in a vegetative state, with no hope of recovery. Keep reading

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