FRIDAY: TOP COURT RULES ON MEDICALLY ASSISTED DYING

Feb 02, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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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.

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