"Canadian adults who are mentally competent and suffering intolerably and permanently have the right to a doctor’s help in dying, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Friday morning. The intolerable suffering can be physical or psychological."

"The court suspended its ruling for 12 months to give the Canadian government, medical regulatory bodies and the provinces a chance to draft new laws and policies around assisted dying. It said doctors have the ability to address whether an individual is capable of consent."

"The court said nothing in its ruling suggests doctors may be compelled to assist a patient in dying."

"The court did not strike down the Criminal Code’s prohibitions on assisted suicide, but said they no longer apply 'to the extent that they prohibit physician-assisted death for a competent adult person who (1) clearly consents to the termination of life and (2) has a grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease or disability) that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition.'"

From +The Globe and Mail: http://ow.ly/ICdK4

Canadians have right to doctor-assisted suicide, Supreme Court rules
Court said nothing in its ruling suggests doctors may be compelled to assist a patient in dying

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