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Voluntary euthanasia is now legal in Quebec, says appeal court

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 30 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h7009
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

Quebec’s law permitting assisted dying and voluntary euthanasia is now in force, even though the federal government in Ottawa is still drawing up national legislation on the right to die. Quebec has been allowed to go ahead with its own law after the province’s highest court rejected a challenge led by a physicians’ group and a disabled patient.

Paul Saba and his Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice had persuaded a lower court to put the province’s Dying with Dignity Act on hold, arguing …

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