VANCOUVER — A battle has begun in a Vancouver courtroom over the status of Canada’s law against assisted suicide.
The fight comes just a year and a half after the country’s parliamentarians voted down a bill to throw out the law by a 228-59 majority.
But Canadian judges, like their American peers, routinely defy legislators.
“I’m very concerned that a single judge, out of concern for the genuine suffering of a single patient, will throw out a law that is protecting hundreds of others from abuse and death,” said Will Johnston, a British Columbia physician who is chairman of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of British Columbia.
Opponents of the law include: the B.C. Civil Liberties...READ MORE