Four days after Gloria Taylor was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, she crafted Plan B — an arrangement for someone to help her die. Gloria was terrified that she would become trapped in her body as her ALS progressed, and she was incensed that other Canadians with serious illnesses were facing the same cruel predicament. Even as her body collapsed with the ravages brought on by her ALS, she spent what would be the last year of her life fighting a very public battle for the right to die with dignity. She proceeded to go to court in British Columbia to fight for doctor assisted dying. The case drew wide attention across Canada and abroad, as it touched on the role of doctors, the rights of the elderly and the disabled and the experiences of other jurisdictions that allow physician-assisted deaths.
Gloria was at the centre of a successful provincial Supreme Court challenge that briefly overturned the ban on assisted suicide; in turn, the Supreme Court of Canada has recently agreed to review the country's assisted suicide laws.
“I am dying,” said Gloria Taylor. “I do not want to, but I am going to die; that is a fact. I can accept death because I recognize it as a part of life. What I fear is a death that negates, as opposed to concludes, my life.”
GLORIA & ME is an intimate documentary by Okanagan-based filmmaker David McIlvride in which he chronicles Gloria's perseverance and victory in court, the personal indignities she faced, and the growing relationship between them.
GLORIA & ME captures the spirit of a small town girl who puts the issue of death with dignity in the forefront of our collective conscience.
Run Time: 60 Minutes