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Under assisted suicide laws in other jurisdictions, doctors would prescribe lethal medication (PA)

The doctors’ trade union voted by 198 to 115 to maintain its current position

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Ontario (CNS)

The bill, which is likely to be sent back for amendments, would legalise assisted suicide

Pro-life supporters carry a banner during the annual National March for Life on Parliament Hill in Ottawa (CNS)

Thousands took part in the annual National March for Life in Ottawa

Canada’s House of Commons in Ottawa

The legislation sets out conditions under which seriously ill and dying adults may seek medical help to end their lives

Pope Francis waves before reciting the Regina Coeli prayer yesterday (AP)

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Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton (left), pictured with Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec (CNS)

“The strong feeling is, ‘If I can’t speak for myself, if I’m alone with no family members, are they going to kill me?'” said Archbishop Smith

Pro-euthanasia demonstrators call for France to follow the example of the Netherlands (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Such a procedure, outlined in the Journal of Medical Ethics, would allow medics to remove a patient’s heart before they died

The Dignitas Centre (AP Photo/Keystone, Steffen Schmidt)

The number of suicides have gone from 416 cases in 2011 to 1,004 last year

The Capitol in Washington (AP)

The proposed change in the law was withdrawn from the Senate Judiciary Proceedings Committee

The Pope lamented that the Sisters' deaths 'are not in the papers, they are not news' (AP)

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