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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

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

'It is a great moral evil, actively to kill a patient' (PA)

It is perfectly legitimate for doctors and nurses to let nature take its course, and let people die in peace

Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto (CNS)

Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto has called on compatriots to write to politicians and ask them to ‘protect the vulnerable’

Consensus about our shared values is breaking down (PA)

An unpleasant populism is sweeping across Europe and beyond

An anti-euthanasia demonstrator in London

Canada’s euthanasia law is telling some Canadians that their lives are not worth living

Activists protest against euthanasia in Belgium, where the Church faces similar challenges to Canada (CNS)

Those seeking to end their lives lack ‘the proper disposition for the anointing of the sick’

Doctors in an intensive care unit in Belgium, a nation that embraces 'mercy killing' (Photo: AP)

What dying patients can teach us about life

Many patients cannot find peace until they have become reconciled with those they love

'Doctor-shopping' has effectively led to euthanasia on demand, the study claims (PA)

MPs raise concerns after researchers find ‘social isolation’ was a factor in majority of requests

At the end we are bathed in love (Agencia Estado via AP Images)

Our deathbeds are an opportunity to sort out the unfinished, sometimes heartbreaking, emotional business of life