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The Canadian Medical Association, which has had a permanent policy saying doctors should not participate in euthanasia or assisted suicide, is softening its stance.

Delegates to the organization’s general council decided 19 August that the CMA now “supports the right of all physicians, within the bounds of existing legislation, to follow their conscience when deciding whether to provide medical aid in dying.”

This recognizes that, while assisting death is still a crime in Canada, the attitudes of Canadians, including those of physicians, are changing quickly, and so is the law.

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