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Hanne Schafer: First Canadian to end life with medical help identified
Hanne Schafer: First Canadian to end life with medical help identified

Hanne Schafer: First Canadian to end life with medical help identified

The identity of the Calgary woman who was granted a legal exemption for a doctor-assisted death has been identified as Hanne Schafer following Wednesday’s removal of a publication ban.

The Supreme Court of Canada granted a constitutional exemption in relation to Schafer’s case in January, ahead of new legislation that passed to allow physician-assisted death in June.

“She would have wanted what happened to her to be out there, to help people so that they didn’t have to go through what she went through,” her husband Daniel Laurin told the Justice.

Schafer had initially requested the publication ban remain in place but family said she later decided she wanted the ban removed after her death.

Her friends and family asked for the ban to be removed so they’d be able to celebrate her life, publishing an obituary and continuing to be an advocate for physician-assisted dying.

Agencies/Canadajournal




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