: BBC: Canada's parliament passes assisted suicide bill

14:32 Jun. 18, 2016

BBC: Canada's parliament passes assisted suicide bill

Doctors visit a patient at the intensive care unit of the Queen Fabiola Children's Hospital in Brussels (AP photo)

MPs back euthnasia for the terminally ill

Canada's parliament has passed a contentious bill to allow medically-assisted death for terminally ill people.

The law was put forward after the Supreme Court struck down a ban on doctors helping the incurably sick to die.

The move makes Canada one of the few countries where doctors can legally help sick people die.

But critics say the new legislation is too restrictive. They argue it will prevent people with degenerative conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, from seeking assisted suicide. Government officials say the new law is a first step and can be expanded in the future.

Assisted suicide is currently legal in just a few countries, including Switzerland, the Netherlands, Albania, Colombia and Japan.

 

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