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Spanish lawmakers legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide, bringing end to 10-year jail terms

Lawmakers in Spain have voted to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide, making it only the fifth country globally to make the practice legal after the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Canada.

The law will come into force in three months' time after the landmark vote passed in the lower house of the Spanish parliament by 202 votes to 141, with two abstentions.

People wanting to end their life must "suffer a serious and incurable disease or a serious, chronic and incapacitating condition," the new law states.

The whole process will take up to 40 days from the patient's first request until a doctor's final approval, and the patient must give their written consent twice within 15 days.

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