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Re B (Consent to Treatment: Capacity) A right to die or is it right to die? [2002] CFLQ 341
Date:28 SEP 2011

Re B (Consent to Treatment: Capacity), where a paralysed patient was allowed to have her artificial ventilation withdrawn, further illustrates the preference of the law for patient autonomy, at the expense of the sanctity of life position. While not necessarily objectionable, one might question the extent to which autonomy alone should determine the outcome of all such cases.

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