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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Canada MPs vote for assisted suicide law

The law still needs approval from Canada's upper house
The law still needs approval from Canada's upper house

A proposed assisted suicide law has been passed by Canada's House of Commons.

MPs approved the measure by 186-137 votes, but it still needs approval by the Senate.

Last year t he country's supreme court struck down laws that barred doctors from helping someone to die, but put the ruling on hold while the government came up with a new law.

Despite pressure to speed up the approval, Conservative Senate leader Claude Carignan said there was no way the bill would be passed by Monday - the day the ban on assisted suicide ends.

He said the bill will not be put to a final vote until the end of next week at the earliest.

Canada's senate is unelected and largely rubber-stamps legislation passed by the elected house of commons, but some amendments could occur.

Press Association

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