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Topic - Gloria Taylor
A British Columbia judge ruled Friday that Canadian laws banning doctor-assisted suicide are unconstitutional because they discriminate against severely ill patients.
Confined to a wheelchair, in constant pain and unable to bathe without help, a 63-year-old grandmother has forced the issue of assisted suicide into Canadian courts for the third time in two decades.
"It is my life and my body and it should be my choice as to when and how I die," she said before going to the British Columbia Supreme Court last Thursday to challenge Canada's ban on assisted suicide, a crime carrying a sentence of up to 14 years in prison.
"I fear that I will eventually suffocate and die struggling for air like a fish out of water," she said.