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Political Impasse in Canada Puts Assisted Suicide in Legal Limbo

June 8, 2016

(New York Times) – A court-ordered deadline and a parliamentary showdown have combined to leave most of Canada without any law governing physician-assisted suicide as of Tuesday. The Liberal government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced a bill in mid-April that would add Canada to a list of countries that allow people to end their lives with the help of physicians under some circumstances. Canada’s Supreme Court prompted the new legislation by overturning criminal laws banning assisted suicide last year before Mr. Trudeau took office.

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