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Canadian woman ignores court to claim right to die

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 26 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:554
  1. J Roberts

    Sue Rodriguez, a 43 year old woman from British Columbia, committed suicide with the help of a doctor last week after fighting for the right to die for three years. Ms Rodriguez, who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, challenged Canada's laws, which said that the state's interest in protecting her life was more powerful than any right she might claim to a “dignified death.”

    At the end of last year the Canadian Supreme Court …

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