OTTAWA, June 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Canada’s Senate gave approval to the Liberal government’s Bill C-14 Friday, averting a standoff with the House of Commons over the controversial bill — which now only needs royal assent to become law.
Senators voted 44 to 28 to accept the final version of Bill C-14, which outlines under what circumstances Canadians can be legally assisted to kill themselves, or be euthanized.
Conservatives Don Plett, Tobias Enverga, and Independent Liberal Anne Cools were among those who voted in favor of the bill.
Conservatives Betty Unger, Norman Doyle, Denise Batters, Kelvin Ogilvie, as well as Independent Liberals Serge Joyal and James Cowan were among those who voted against.
Fourteen of the 86 sitting senators were absent.
An 11th-hour battle between House and Senate focussed on Bill C-14’s stipulation that to be eligible for assisted suicide or euthanasia, a person’s natural death must be “reasonably foreseeable.”
The Senate amended the bill to delete that stipulation, and the House rejected the amendment when it passed the bill Thursday.