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February 6, 2015

Canada overturns ban on doctor-assisted suicides

Supreme Court ruling reversing two-decade law hailed by #DyingWithDignity activists.
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Lee Carter, daughter of Kathleen Carter, embraces her husband Hollis Johnson while speaking to journalists at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa February 6, 2015. (REUTERS/CHRIS WATTIE)

The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down a law prohibiting assisted suicide, a move that was mostly celebrated online. The unanimous decision on Friday will allow terminally ill patients to request doctor assistance in ending their lives. 

Declaring the ban on doctor-assisted suicide "unconstitutional", the judges said:  

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