Category Canadian Bioethics

Canada can respond to U.S. bans by improving access to abortion care

Martha Paynter outlines the abortion access situation in Canada and shows how it can be improved.

Responding to Indigenous Women’s Stories of Reproductive Coercion

Holly McKenzie and her colleagues argue for broader public conversations and institutional responses to reproductive coercion.

Turning Human Rights Upside Down with Advance Requests for MAID

Trudo Lemmens shows how proposals to expand advance requests for medical assistance in dying (MAID) ignore the Supreme Court’s restraint reflected in the Carter decision and reverse constitutional and human rights norms.

Bill S-231 & DNA Evidence: Effective Tool or Discrimination?

Erin Kenny, Katharina Clausius, and Michael J. Crawford detail how the expanded use of DNA profile databases and genealogy in criminal investigations offers powerful tools to solve crimes and exculpate innocents but also risks permanently stigmatizing genetic relatives.

In a Nutshell: Correcting the record about medical assistance in dying

Jocelyn Downie clarifies what the Supreme Court of Canada’s Carter decision actually says (and doesn’t say) about advance requests for MAiD and MAiD for psychiatric illness.