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After Wrangling, Canadian Parliament Adopts Law on Assisted Death

June 21, 2016

(Reuters) – Canada’s Parliament on Friday adopted a law allowing medically-assisted death for the terminally ill, brushing aside critics who wanted the legislation to cover people with degenerative diseases. After weeks of political wrangling, the upper Senate chamber voted in favor of a law which makes Canada one of the few nations where doctors can legally help sick people die. Some Senators complained the scope of the law – initially passed by the House of Commons elected chamber – was too narrow and should not be restricted to those facing imminent death.

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