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Road To Mercy

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Road To Mercy

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Thursday 20 June 8.30pm Channel 039

Road To Mercy documents Canada's journey into the furthest ethical frontier - a place where doctors are allowed to take a life and where society must decide on the circumstances under which they are allowed to. Through the stories of patients who seek medical aid in dying and the committed physicians who agree to help them, the documentary chronicles Canada's first legal doctor-assisted deaths and peers into the extreme boundaries of this practice. Following stories in both Canada and Belgium, where doctor assisted death has been legal for more than a decade, Road To Mercy reveals the moral and ethical quandaries at the heart of this practice during a historical moment in Canadian history, when patients and doctors are struggling to identify the limits of the newly granted “right to kill” under a Supreme Court decision - the first of its kind outside Europe.