Assisted Suicide Law – Ban Upheld

Assisted Suicide Law: Federal Ban Upheld in Split Decision

THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Canada’s ban on assisted suicide has been upheld in British Columbia’s Court of Appeal, leaving those arguing for the right even more determined to fight for people facing an “unbearable dying process.”

Minutes after the split decision was released Thursday, a lawyer for the respondents in the case announced they would seek leave to appeal in the Supreme Court of Canada.

“We think the federal government has no place at the bedside of seriously and incurable ill Canadians who have made firm decisions about the amount of care they wish to receive at the end of life,” said Grace Pastine, who represents several individuals and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association.

The challenge was launched by various plaintiffs including Gloria Taylor, who suffered from ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and the children of Kay Carter, who travelled to Switzerland to seek doctor-assisted suicide in 2010.

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