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Group to argue right to die

A B.C. civil liberties group has filed their written argument against an appeal court decision upholding the country's ban on assisted suicide.

Grace Pastine of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association says the organization will argue before the Supreme Court of Canada that assisted suicide should be legal on behalf of the families of people who wanted to die with dignity.

Lee Carter, the plaintiff whose mother received a doctor-assisted suicide in Switzerland, says that Canadians suffering from chronic, debilitating conditions should not have to travel elsewhere to end their pain.

Anne Fomenoff, the mother of deceased high-profile plaintiff Gloria Taylor, says that her family will continue to fight for the right to a dignified death to honour her daughter's memory.

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association will be presenting its case in court on Oct. 14.

Last October, the B.C. Court of Appeal overturned a 2012 decision by the B.C. Supreme Court ruling that the existing law banning assisted suicide was unconstitutional and that Taylor be granted an exemption to the law that would allow her to seek assisted death.

Taylor was terminally ill with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, but didn't use the constitutional exemption — she died of an infection in October 2012.

The Canadian Press

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