Oct 10, 2013
By AM740 Staff
In British Columbia, the Court of Appeal has affirmed the law against assisted suicide in a split decision.
The decision comes after a Kelowna woman with A-L-S a degenerative neurological disease, won a landmark ruling when a B.C. Supreme Court judge struck down Canada’s law that made doctor-assisted suicide illegal.
The judge concluded that the Criminal Code provisions which prohibit assisted suicide violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
But the federal government appealed that ruling, saying the law protects vulnerable people including the elderly.
Gloria Taylor has since died from A-L-S more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Many observers expect the case will end up at the Supreme Court of Canada.
It ruled against physician-assisted suicide two decades ago in a landmark case involving another B.C. resident Sue Rodriguez.