Today the B.C. Court of Appeal affirmed Canada's law against assisted suicide.
Last year, a B.C. Supreme Court judge struck down the law against doctor-assisted suicide. The decision stated that the law violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The federal government appealed that ruling arguing that the existing law protects the lives of vulnerable people. The Court of Appeal sided with the federal government and upheld the ban on assisted suicide.
The case was brought to the court by ALS patient Gloria Taylor of Kelowna. She has since died from her degenerative neurological disease more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
In 2011 White Coat Black Art introduced you to Nagui Marcos, an extraordinary man battling Huntington's Disease who publicly declared his plan to end his life before he was totally debilitated by the disease. The story brought a flood of response from listeners and helped reignite the right-to-die debate in Canada.
Listening to Brian's exclusive interview with Nagui puts a very real face to today's headlines