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Canadian court rules that doctors can help patients to die in severe cases

Published:Saturday | February 7, 2015 | 9:42 AM

Canada's Supreme Court has ruled that doctors may help patients who have severe and incurable medical conditions to die, overturning a 1993 ban.

In a unanimous decision, the court said the law impinged on Canadians' rights.

The case was brought by a civil rights group on behalf of two women with degenerative diseases.

Both have since died.

The government now has a year to rewrite its law on assisted suicide.

If it does not, the current law will be struck down.

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