Canada has opened the door for doctor-assisted suicides after the nation's Supreme Court reportedly struck down the law, labelling it as unconstitutional.
The century-old law was removed in a unanimous decision after judges ruled that the Criminal Code provision against aiding and abetting someone to commit suicide deprives people suffering from grievous and irremediable medical conditions the right to life, liberty and security of the person.
The court's ruling will allow mentally competent people who gives clear consent to have their life ended by a doctor, Canadian media has reported.
The patient must also suffer from a "grievous and irremediable medical condition, including an illness, disease or disability, that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition", the ruling states.
However, the parameters include psychological pain as well as physical, and the condition does not need to be a fatal one.
Doctors will not be forced to assist in euthanasia procedures if they object.
The ruling has been suspended for a year to give the government time to respond and prepare new legislation.
In that time, it will remain a crime to help somebody commit suicide.
Pro-euthanasia groups such as Dying With Dignity Canada applauded the decision.