10/10/2013 13:03 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 18:58 EST

Doctor-assisted suicide ban upheld in B.C.

The B.C. Court of Appea​l, in a split decision, has affirmed the law against assisted suicide, in a controversial and historic right-to-die case.

Last year, ALS patient Gloria Taylor of Kelowna won a landmark ruling when a B.C. Supreme Court judge struck down Canada’s law that made doctor-assisted suicide illegal.

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The judge concluded the Criminal Code provisions that prohibit assisted suicide violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

But the federal government appealed that ruling, saying the law protects vulnerable people.

Taylor has since died from her degenerative neurological disease, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Regardless of Thursday's ruling, many observers expect the case will end up at the Supreme Court of Canada, which ruled against physician-assisted suicide two decades ago in a landmark case involving another B.C. resident, Sue Rodriguez.

More to come