Canada Court Rules on Doctor-Assisted Suicide

Canada's Supreme Court struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide for mentally competent patients with terminal illnesses. The court declared Friday that people choosing to confront such conditions is "critical to their dignity and autonomy." The judgement said the ban infringes on the life, liberty, and security of individuals under Canada's constitution. It had been illegal in Canada to counsel, aid or abet a suicide, an offense carrying a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.

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