Canada government says court verdict on assisted suicide 'sensitive'

Fri Feb 6, 2015 2:08pm EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government said it will study a Supreme Court decision on Friday that overturned a ban on physician-assisted suicide and gave no indication on whether it would oppose it.

"This is a sensitive issue for many Canadians, with deeply held beliefs on both sides," Justice Minister Peter MacKay said in a statement. "We will study the decision and ensure all perspectives on this difficult issue are heard."

The verdict puts Canada in the company of a handful of Western countries where the practice will be legal. The decision takes effect in 12 months.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Writing by Susan Taylor; Editing by Leslie Adler)