Right-to-die lawsuit fast-tracked by B.C. judge

CBC News

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has agreed to fast-track the lawsuit of a dying woman pleading for help to end her life before she gets even sicker.

Judge Lynn Smith ruled Wednesday that Gloria Taylor could fast-track a lawsuit to gain the right to a doctor-assisted suicide.

The Kelowna resident, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is part of one of two challenges in B.C. to the laws against assistant suicide.

The last challenge was 18 years ago, when B.C. woman Sue Rodriguez narrowly lost her bid to end her suffering from the same disease.

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