There were 13,500 state-sanctioned assisted suicides in Canada in 2022, a projection anticipates in the run-up to the official release of statistics in July. SPUC says these latest figures should serve as “a wake-up call for the UK”, which is currently considering the legalisation of assisted suicide.
It has been reported that the province of Quebec saw a 51% surge in assisted suicides, with 3,663 such deaths being recorded in 2022 compared to 2,427 in 2021. 7% of all deaths in Quebec in 2022 were therefore state-sanctioned assisted suicides.
Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia also saw big increases in 2022 as Canada’s trend towards more assisted suicide continued by roughly a third, consistent with previous years.
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