Canadian Court Affirms ‘Right to Die’

February 9, 2015

Canada’s Supreme Court struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, in a decision delivered Friday.

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The court said that the right of individuals to decide how to confront terminal illness is “critical to their dignity and autonomy.”

Assisting suicide for any reason had been a crime punishable by up to 14 years in prison in Canada.

Featured photo: Canadian Press / Adrian Wyld

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