Farewell Foundation

April 18, 2011 16:42 ET

Farewell Foundation for the Right to Die in BC Supreme Court for Assisted Suicide Challenge

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 18, 2011) - Farewell Foundation will case conference two actions filed by its founding directors in BC Supreme Court in Vancouver, Wednesday, April 20th, 09:30 a.m.

One action appeals the BC Registry's refusal to incorporate Farewell Foundation. The other action challenges the constitutionality of s.241(b) of the Criminal Code, which penalizes assistance with suicide by up to 14 years incarceration.

Farewell Foundation believes s.241(b) infringes individual liberty and security of the person as guaranteed by s.7 of the Charter, because it incarcerates people who give compassionate assistance, prolongs unbearable agony, and deprives people of the right to choose the time, place and manner of their deaths.

Farewell Foundation also believes s.241(b) infringes equality rights guaranteed by s.15 of the Charter, because it imposes disproportionate suffering on severely disabled persons who cannot end their lives without compassionate assistance from others.

Farewell Foundation proposes to assist its members to end their lives humanely, similar to a model followed in Switzerland.

Several groups (Dying with Dignity, Right to Die Society of Canada, Positive Living BC, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Canadian Unitarian Council) have indicated interest in seeking intervener standing.

Wednesday's case conference is intended to determine the best way to move the case forward and to set dates for interveners.

For copies of the pleadings, visit www.farewellfoundation.ca.

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