Assisted-suicide ban struck down by B.C. court

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A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has declared Canada's laws against physician-assisted suicide unconstitutional because they discriminate against the physically disabled.

In a 395-page ruling released Friday, Justice Lynn Smith addressed the situation faced by Gloria Taylor, a B.C. woman who was one of five plaintiffs in the case seeking the legal right to doctor-assisted suicide.

Taylor has ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, a fatal neurodegenerative disease, and she sought the ruling to allow her doctor to help her end her life before she becomes incapacitated. The case was fast-tracked in August because of her illness.

In her ruling, Smith noted suicide itself is not illegal, and therefore the law against assisted suicide contravenes Section 15 of the charter, which guarantees equality, because it denies physically disabled people like Taylor the same rights as able-bodied people who can take their own lives, she ruled.

More here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/06/15/bc-assisted-suicide-ruling.html


After I'd read the news I just wanted to share it with other Canadians on this board. I think we're witnessing history in the making here. After a long period of setbacks in the fight for the right to die, here's finally some good news.
 

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The future is upon us.
 
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Honestly if I were old, dying, agonizing and without a future, I'd rather die quickly than keep suffering until I finally pass away.
So I support this. But as I suspect it is strictly regulated and must be used with extreme caution. With the agreement of family etc.
 

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