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Quebec’s legislators most liberal in country, pushing social frontiers

By Chantal HĂ©bert      

End-of-life procedures such as euthanasia and assisted suicide are expected to be at the heart of the next big Canadian social debate.

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MONTREAL—A bit more than three decades ago, the ordinary men and women who made up a Quebec jury opened the way to unrestricted access to abortion in Canada when they refused to find Dr. Henry Morgentaler guilty of a crime for performing the procedure on demand. The Quebec government of the day was appalled by the verdict but eventually it had no choice but to relent and stop prosecuting abortion-related cases. More than a decade before the federal

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