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Who decides when it is time to die?

As Quebec debates euthanasia, we ask if people should have a choice over the timing and manner of their death.

Last updated: 31 Jan 2014 09:25
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A bill being considered in the Canadian province of Quebec is stirring debate over the right to die with dignity. The proposed law would allow terminally-ill people to choose whether to ask their doctor to help them kill themselves.

Various forms of assisted suicide and euthanasia already exist in some countries. Opponents say it is a doctor's job to keep people alive, and advances in care can reduce suffering.

On Inside Story: Who decides when it is time to die? And should people have a choice over the timing and manner of their death?

PRESENTER: Shiulie Ghosh

GUESTS:

Jo Cartwright - Campaign for Dignity in Dying

Margaret Somerville - founding director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law

Sabine Michalowski - professor of law, University of Essex

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