September 19, 2014
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Canada's highest court has agreed to hear an appeal in a case that briefly overturned the country's ban on assisted suicide.
The Supreme Court of Canada agreed Thursday to hear the appeal in the case of Gloria Taylor, who was terminally ill with Lou Gehrig's disease.
A justice with the B.C. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the existing federal law was unconstitutional, but delayed her ruling for a year to allow the federal government to rewrite it.
She also granted Taylor an exemption that allowed her to seek assisted death.
The provincial court of appeal overturned the ruling but let the exemption stand. Taylor died of an infection in 2012.
The court decision comes more than 20 years after a landmark ruling against assisted suicide.
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