Canada's laws against doctor-assisted suicide ruled unconstitutional by BC Supreme Court justice

6/15/2012

A BC Supreme Court justice is ruling Canada's laws against doctor-assisted suicide are unconsitutional.

In her decision, Justice Lynn Smith points to the fact that suicide itself is not illegal and therefore to deny a person that is incapable due to illness of taking their own life, is discriminatory.

Smith specifically pointed to the case of West Kelowna resident, Gloria Taylor, who is living with ALS and has been heavily involved in trying to get doctor-assisted suicide imade legal in Canada.

Smith's ruling has been put on hold for at least a year in order to give government time to consider and possibly draft new legislation.

As for Taylor, she may be granted a constitutional exception if she chooses to end her life.

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