Canada Supreme Court agrees to revisit decades old decision on assisted suicide

01/16/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Canada – The Canada Supreme Court has agreed to revisit a decades old decision banning assisted suicide. As reported by Reuters, the court agreed on Thursday to take another look at the issue in a case involving Gloria Taylor, an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patient and activist, who became a plaintiff in a right to die lawsuit in 2011 and died of her illness in 2012.

The court ruled in 1993 that no one could assist in the death of another person legally, regardless of their terminal condition and their expressing the wish to die. The decision, which determined prohibiting doctor-assisted suicide was constitutional two decades ago, involved the case of another ALS patient Sue Rodriguez.

Constitutional lawyer Eugene Meehan, who has argued cases before the Canadian Supreme Court, is quoted as stating of the issue of assisted suicide, “This is a big one dealing with something we will all one day face – how, when and under what circumstances we head for the exit sign.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Canada Legal News

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