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BC Supreme Court judge strikes down law that prohibits Doctor assisted suicide

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http://www.theprovince.com/news/judge+rules+banning+doctor+assisted+suicide+unconstitutional/6789339/story.html

I have no doubt this will go to the Supreme Court of Canada in an appeal. Interesting though.

I personally agree with what the judge did though I am sure we are going to hear a lot of whining and bi***ing from the Conservative government and pro life folks

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How come we just can't take old people to the hospital and have them euthanized. People do it all the time with their dogs.

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Wow, that's groundbreaking.

I wouldn't be so sure the Conservatives will oppose this. Terminally ill people will be a huge burden on the medical system in the coming years with the aging baby boomers.

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Good. Because if the doctor doesn't do it, they may find another, less peaceful way.

I'm just worried about some sort of clerical error, which sentences the wrong person to death. Hopefully people double, triple, and quadruple check the documents. Something of this magnitude can not be taken lightly.

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I'm pretty surprised. I wonder how that judge managed to justify going against that Rodriguez decision from the SCC.

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“Think of all those ages through which men have had the courage to die, and then remember that we have actually fallen to talking about having the courage to live.” - G.K. Chesterton

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Federal government to appeal B.C. court decision on assisted suicide

By Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun July 13, 2012 11:10 AM

The federal government will appeal the B.C. Supreme Court decision striking down the legal ban on physician-assisted suicide, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

Ottawa's position is that the law exists to protect those who are most vulnerable, such as the sick, the elderly, and those with disabilities. The Supreme Court of Canada acknowledged the state interest in protecting human life by upholding the current law in the 1993 case of B.C. resident Sue Rodriguez, the federal Justice Department said in a statement.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Lynne Smith ruled on June 15 that the current law violates the constitutional rights of the three plaintiffs who led the legal challenge, one of whom is terminally ill.

In the ruling, Smith granted Gloria Taylor a constitutional exemption permitting her the option of a physician-assisted death under a number of conditions.

The judge found that "palliative care cannot relieve all suffering" and accepted that legal end-of-life practices allow doctors to withhold life-sustaining treatment and administer palliative sedation to the point of hastening death.

But the federal government is challenging that ruling.

"The government is of the view that the Criminal Code provisions that prohibit medical professionals, or anyone else, from counselling or providing assistance in a suicide, are constitutionally valid," the statement said.

"The government also objects to the lower court's decision to grant a 'constitutional exemption' resembling a regulatory framework for assisted suicide."

The federal government will argue its case before the B.C. Court of Appeal at a future date, the statement said.

The Justice Department also noted that parliamentarians voted in April 2010 not to change the current law and called physician-assisted suicide "an emotional and divisive issue for many Canadians."

tcarman@vancouversun.com

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http://www.vancouver...0314/story.html

It didn't take very long for Harper's Tory government to step in and interfere with our province's internal matter, did it?

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Wow. Thanks for this .

What a tough decision it is either way. I fear that no matter how they decide some folks will be upset.

Hopefully they will get it settled soon.

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Federal government to appeal B.C. court decision on assisted suicide

By Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun July 13, 2012 11:10 AM

It didn't take very long for Harper's Tory government to step in and interfere with our province's internal matter, did it?

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We should all have the right to die with dignity.

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What now?

Dogs don't choose to be put down, their owners do.

The families aren't choosing to put down their relatives, the person themself is.

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