Gloria Taylor, who has Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS, was among the plaintiffs in a landmark case that saw the B.C. Supreme Court strike down Canada’s ban on doctor-assisted suicide earlier this year.
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The court suspended its decision for one year, but also granted Ms. Taylor an immediate exemption that allows her to seek doctor-assisted suicide under certain conditions.
The federal government launched an appeal and also asked the Appeal Court to overturn Ms. Taylor’s exemption, but Justice Jo-Ann Prowse has rejected that request.
In a written decision, Judge Prowse says revoking Ms. Taylor’s exemption would cause irreparable harm to Ms. Taylor, which outweighs the federal government’s interests.
Judge Prowse acknowledges Ms. Taylor has become a symbol in the right-to-die case, but the judge said that Mr. Taylor is also a person who shouldn’t be sacrificed for the “greater good.”