Canada's high court strikes down ban on assisted suicide

February 7, 2015 12:44 AM

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Canada's absolute ban on assisted suicide is out of step with the times and deprives those with incurable illnesses their right to decide matters "critical to their dignity and autonomy," the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday.

The 9-0 decision strikes down a 1993 ruling that denied a terminally ill woman the right to end her life when the suffering became intolerable -- a position the justices said Friday was no longer justified in a free society.

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