Lee Carter, et al. v. Attorney General of Canada, et al.

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Lee Carter, et al. v. Attorney General of Canada, et al.

Case# 35591
Lee Carter, et al. v. Attorney General of Canada, et al.

At issue in this appeal is the right to assisted suicide for the terminally ill. Ms. Kay carter and the appellant Ms. Gloria Taylor both suffered from intractable and progressive diseases and are now deceased. The appellants brought a civil claim before the B.C. Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the criminal code provisions against assisted suicide and euthanasia. The main focus of their case was on Section 241 of the Criminal Code, which prohibits aiding another person to commit suicide. Almost 20 years ago the court looked at the issue, dismissing a challenge to the law in the 1993 Sue Rodriguez case.