Issue of assisted suicide back in the spotlight today
The B.C. Court of Appeal is set to rule today on the constitutionality of the federal ban on doctor-assisted suicide.
The court was asked to examine the law after the B.C. Supreme Court ruled last year that the law violates the charter rights of gravely ill patients by preventing them from seeking the help of a doctor to end their suffering.
Several plaintiffs, including ALS patient Gloria Taylor and the children of Kay Carter, who travelled to Switzerland to seek a doctor-assisted suicide in 2010, launched the challenge.
If the court decides the ban is unconstitutional, experts predict it will then go the Supreme Court of Canda for a final ruling.