MONTREAL (AP) -- Quebec's Court of Appeal has ruled that the right of terminally ill patients in the province to choose to die with medical help should stand. The law, passed late last year, was the first of its kind in Canada.
The three-judge Court of Appeal panel on Tuesday overturned a Dec. 1 Quebec Superior Court judgment aimed at suspending the implementation of the law, Bill 52, until certain provisions of the Criminal Code were changed.
The Quebec Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that the law does not conflict with certain provisions of the Criminal Code.
The court says the sections of the Criminal Code that ban assisted suicide were not valid after the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the federal law last February.