The top court in Canada allows doctor-assisted suicide

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Canada’s supreme court on Friday unanimously struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide for mentally competent adults suffering from an incurable disease, reversing a decision on the books since 1993.

The ruling was, however, suspended for one year to allow lawmakers an opportunity to enact new rules surrounding the divisive issue.

The court ruled that an earlier ban on the practice was too broad, saying it wrongly applied to more people than the small group it was meant to protect — “vulnerable persons from being induced to commit suicide at a time of weakness.”

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