Feb 02, 2015
By Michael Kramer
An historic ruling from the Supreme Court is expected Friday.
That’s when the top court says it will release its much-anticipated ruling on medically – assisted dying.
Although the two main figures in the case have passed away, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association is still trying to change the law.
The up-coming ruling takes another look at the issue – the first since a 1993 decision in the Sue Rodriguez case – which upheld the law against assisted suicide in a 5-4 decision.
The key plaintiffs were Kay Carter and Gloria Taylor. They won their suit in the British Columbia Supreme Court – which ruled that the assisted suicide law – violates the rights of the gravely ill.
Carter travelled to Switzerland in 2010 to end her life – and Taylor died in 2012 – before the provincial court of appeal overturned the first ruling.
The case was appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada, which agreed to revisit the issue.