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Legal challenge to assisted dying law

Julia Lamb, a 25-year old Chilliwack woman who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) filed a constitutional challenge ten days after Parliament passed Bill C14 on assisted dying. SMA is a progressive neuro-degenerative disease for which there is no cure.

Joint by the BC Civil Liberties Association, she claims that the right to die should be extended to people with non-terminal illnesses. Currently the legislation only allows Canadians with terminal illnesses to have access to medically assisted dying.

Would you support Julia’s claim — or speak against it?

What are your thoughts?

About the Author
Peter lives in Victoria, BC, where he volunteers in health-care and teaches mindfulness meditation.
  1. ali Reply

    I believe your life is the only thing that truly belongs to you and you alone. If you decide to end it that is your right. Where is this societal fear emanating from?

  2. Charlotte Reply

    I support Julia in her choice

  3. Lana Reply

    I support Julia in her choice

  4. Ellen Agger Reply

    I also support Julia in her choice. Our current federal law, C-14, does not meet the Supreme Court of Canada’s Carter decision on assisted dying. Julia and people who don’t face a “reasonably foreseeable” death are not able to exercise their Charter Right as a result.

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