The supreme court of Canada has overturned the country’s ban on assisted dying, ending a 20-year legal battle over the right of people with terminal illnesses to ask for medical help to die.

Canada’s federal and provincial governments now have one year to craft legislation to respond to the ruling.

“An individual’s choice about the end of her life is entitled to respect,” wrote the court in its ruling, which applies in cases where the patient is deemed mentally competent to consent to death, but is not limited to patients who are physically dependent on medical assistance to stay alive.

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