The Supreme Court of Canada says a law that makes it illegal for anyone to help people end their own lives should be amended to allow doctors to help in specific situations.
BREAKING: #SCC rules some Canadians have right to ask doctor to help them die #hw #cdnpoli— CBC Politics (@CBCPolitics) February 6, 2015
The ruling only applies to competent adults with enduring, intolerable suffering who clearly consent to ending their lives.
The court has given federal and provincial governments 12 months to craft legislation to respond to the ruling; the ban on doctor-assisted suicide stands until then. If the government doesn't write a new law, the court's exemption for physicians will stand.
The right to die with dignity... what a progressive and sensible decision.