Vancouver – On Sunday, March 3, 2013, the BCCLA will hold a press conference with family members of Gloria Taylor, the 64 year-old Kelowna woman who died last year of ALS after a courageous legal battle to change the laws that criminalize doctor assisted dying. The BCCLA represented Gloria in her lawsuit.
Anne Fomenoff, Gloria’s 85 year-old mother of Castlegar, B.C. and Patty Ferguson, Gloria’s youngest sister, of Edmonton, Alberta, will be at the press conference.
Anne and Patty will head to the B.C. Court of Appeal on Monday for arguments in the “death with dignity” case. The court will hear arguments in the case next week, March 4-8, 2013.
In June 2012, the B.C. Supreme Court struck down the laws that makes physician-assisted dying illegal in Canada. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Lynn Smith ruled that the laws violated the rights of Gloria and the other two plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Lee Carter and Hollis Johnson. The federal government appealed the decision.
What: Press Conference with Gloria Taylor’s Family Members
When: Sunday, March 3 at 10 a.m. PST.
Where: Alma VanDusen Room, Lower level of Library Square, Vancouver Public Library,* 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1
*Photographers: Photos and video can be taken in the press conference room, but please note, the Vancouver Public Library does not allow photographs or filming in any of the public areas of the library.