VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A landmark ruling is expected this morning at BC Supreme Court into Canada’s assisted suicide laws.

It’s an action sparked by Gloria Taylor of West Kelowna, who is terminally ill with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Last year, Ottawa argued striking down the assisted suicide law would put the elderly, the depressed, and the disabled at risk. But advocates like Dying with Dignity say it can work if the right checks and balances are in place for those seeking the right to die.

“Make sure that they’ve been referred for pain control [and] that they’re aware of palliative care options, so that nobody is doing this because they don’t feel they have other options, but they’re fully aware of all their options,” argues Executive Director Wanda Morris.

Morris points out Washington State and Oregon both have legal death with dignity provisions. She believes it’s about time BC followed suit.

“You know, when you think about [it], we’re in Vancouver and if you just drove… for some of us, 30 kilometres to the border, then we would have legal choice. It’s quite heartbreaking to think; so close and yet so far,” she adds.

A decision is expected around 11:30 this morning and News1130′s Dan Burritt will be there to bring you the latest as soon as the ruling comes down.