Right to die case heading to Supreme Court of Canada

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

The case challenging Canada’s ban on doctor assisted suicide is heading from BC to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Lawyer with the BC Civil Liberties Association, Grace Pastine, says while there are three plaintiffs in this case, the outcome will affect hundreds of Canadians struggling with illnesses that strip their abilities away.

“They are put in the terrible position of having to decide whether they should take their own life while they’re still physically able to do so while they  may still have good days or months ahead or  waiting out the inevitable process that they may become trapped in a body that has failed them.”

Papers in the case were filed last week.

In October, the court will hear the arguments that says it’s unconstitutional to criminalize doctors who help the seriously ill die.

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