By Sara Glassman
On 6 February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously held that an absolute prohibition against physician-assisted death infringed the Apellants’ right to life, liberty and security of the person in a manner not in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice. Accordingly, the Court struck down the law, issuing a declaration that the relevant provisions of the Canadian Criminal Code are invalid (the declaration to be suspended for one year). In doing so, it reversed its earlier decision Rodriguez v British Columbia (Attorney General) which had 21 years earlier upheld the prohibition on physician-assisted suicide by a slim majority of 5 to 4. This momentous and controversial decision will no doubt fuel end-of-life commentary and debate within Canada and abroad.