PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to draw attention to the ways in which the Supreme Court of Canada has shifted away from transcendent/religious to nonreligious conceptualizations of assisted dying.Design/methodology/approachA discourse analysis of a Supreme Court of Canada case on assisted dying and the facta of the 26 associated interveners.FindingsThe research points to a shift away from religious to nonreligious understandings in the way the Court conceptualizes suffering, pain, illness and assisted dying.Originality/valueThis paper contributes to the understanding of nonreligion as a social phenomenon.
International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare – Emerald Publishing
Published: May 14, 2018
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