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Tue, Feb 10

Landmark Canadian Supreme Court ruling favours ‘death with dignity’

The desire of two suffering B.C. women to “die with dignity” has led to a landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling that opens the door to legalization a year from now of doctor-assisted suicide for people suffering from a “grievous and irremediable” – though not necessarily terminal – condition.

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and her eight colleagues on Canada’s highest court ruled unanimously and emphatically that the Criminal Code ban on assisted suicide, which provides a sentence of up to 14 years in jail, violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Read more from the Vancouver Sun.