August 2, 1950|
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
February 12, 1994 43) (aged|
British Columbia, Canada
Sue Rodriguez (August 2, 1950 – February 12, 1994) was a Canadian advocate of assisted suicide.
Rodriguez, who lived in Victoria, British Columbia, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in early 1991. She fought to have a legal right to assisted suicide; under the Criminal Code, assisted suicide is punishable by a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison. She took her cause to the Supreme Court of Canada, but ultimately lost the battle. On September 30, 1993, in what would become a landmark decision, Rodriguez v. British Columbia (Attorney General), the SCC held 5-4 against her.
- CBC Archives - Sue Rodriguez and the Right-To-Die Debate
- Supreme Court of Canada - Decisions - Rodriguez v. British Columbia (Attorney General)