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    The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled against the country's laws against physician-assisted suicide, making it legal for a doctor to help a terminally ill patient end their life.

    Canada Court Reportedly Permits Physician-Assisted Suicide

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    According to the Canadian Supreme Court, the law prohibiting physician-assisted suicide violates the person's "right to life".

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled against the country's laws against physician-assisted suicide, making it legal for a doctor to help a terminally ill patient end their life, Canadian Global News reported Friday.

    The court ruled that the laws banning physician-assisted suicide were infringing a section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which stipulates people's rights to life, liberty and security. The decision was unanimous, the media outlet reported.

    "Here, the prohibition deprives some individuals of life, as it has the effects of forcing some individuals to take their own lives prematurely, for fear that they would be incapable of doing so when they reached the point where suffering was intolerable," the court said.

    The new legislation will not come into effect for a year, and will only be possible under certain conditions, according to Global News.

    Assisted suicide is a controversial practice during which a lethal drug is administered at the request of a terminally ill patient.

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