May 23, 2017

By Andy Johnson

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A constitutional challenge to the Trudeau government’s restrictive law on assisted dying has been bolstered with the addition of a second plaintiff.

Robyn Moro, a 68-year old B.C. native, suffers unbearable pain from a debilitating, incurable disease but can’t get medical help to end her life because her death is not imminent.  She joins Julia Lamb in challenging the year-old law, which allows medically assisted dying only for individuals whose natural death is “reasonably foreseeable.”

Moro suffers from Parkinson’s disease and her condition is made worse by the fact that she’s allergic to many of the medications normally prescribed to treat both the disease and the pain it causes.  She’s been denied her request for medical assistance in dying because she is not near death.

She says she’ll end her own life by refusing to eat or drink water if the legal challenge fails or takes years to make its way through the courts.

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