Gloria Taylor, who suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease smiles during a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday June 18, 2012. The B.C. woman who was challenging Canada's right-to-die laws has died of an infection, the group representing her says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
VANCOUVER - A B.C. woman who became the public face of a court challenge of Canada's ban on assisted suicide has died, a group representing her says.
The B.C. Civil Liberties Association says 64-year-old Gloria Taylor of Westbank, who suffered from ALS, died Thursday of a severe infection caused by a perforated colon.
Taylor was the lead plaintiff in a right-to-die suit that resulted in a B.C. Supreme Court judgment in June that said a person's right to die with dignity is protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The court gave the federal government a year to change the law against assisted suicide and granted Taylor an exemption, allowing her the right to seek a physician-assisted death.
Ottawa is appealing the ruling and also asked B.C.'s highest court to overturn Taylor's exemption, but that request was denied.