British Columbia Court of Appeal upholds ban on assisted suicide

In a split two-to-one decision yesterday, the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled to uphold Canada’s ban on physician-assisted suicide.

The federal government had previously appealed the landmark ruling of Carter v. Canada, which stated that voluntary euthanasia should be allowed under strict conditions. The British Columbia Supreme Court ruled last year that prohibiting assisted suicide violated the Charter rights of gravely ill Canadians.

“These are complex issues that involve real people and real emotional situations,” said Hugh Scher, the legal counsel for the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. “I think what’s important is that the court recognizes, and I think we all must recognize, when we’re dealing with a matter of such complex social and public policy, we must allow reason and rationale to have their day.”

For more on this ruling, please refer to the recent coverage by CTV News.