Will The High Court Impose Assisted Suicide on Canada?

International   |   Wesley J. Smith   |   Jan 17, 2014   |   10:35AM   |   Ottawa, Canada

This doesn’t bode well. Back in 1993, the Canada Supreme Court ruled in the Rodriguez case that there was no constitutional right in Canada to assisted suicide.

More recently, a case in BC challenged that view. The trial judge ruled for assisted suicide in an ideological ruling. But the Court of Appeals reversed because it actually followed the existing law and previous Supreme Court ruling.

Now, the Canadian Supremes have decided to revisit the issue that they already decided once. From the CTV News story:

The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear an appeal in a case that briefly overturned the country’s ban on assisted suicide and offered a British Columbia woman a constitutional exemption to seek help in ending her life.The B.C. Civil Liberties Association, which has argued on behalf of several ill people who claimed they wanted to die with dignity, hailed the decision Thursday.

Nothing has changed in Canada’s Constitution or statutory law on this issue, so why take the case?  Because the Justices want it legalized?  I am not predicting that.  But given that courts these days believe they get to make the law around social issues instead of the people and their representatives, that’s a real possibility.



By the way, read the story. Only pro-assisted suicide advocacy themes are presented and advocates actually quoted. Typical. Blatant. Bias.

LifeNews.com Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Human Exeptionalism.