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Assisted Suicide – Is there a good enough case?

Should a person be allowed to assist another in taking his own life?

Tony Nicklinson has died, but his wife fights on

Jane Nicklinson, whose husband Tony died in August after losing a landmark court case, said she would fight until her last breath to change the law on assisted dying. She has just backed a fresh bid to legalise voluntary euthanasia in Scotland.
Meanwhile MacDonald and Ludwig Manelli, founder of Swiss assisted-dying organisation Dignitas have asserted that a person should have the right to be assisted in dying if he so wishes, even if he is fit and healthy.

Earlier… The Tony Nicklinson High Court Appeal

Shortly before he died, Mr Nicklinson was desperate to die and still appealed to the courts for this right.

He died from pneumonia without winning

In this report from the BBC They describe how his widow Jane Nicklinson hopes that someone else will pick up the reins and continue the fight for a change in the law:

“A funeral service has been held for Tony Nicklinson, who died after losing a legal bid to end his life.

A private service attended by family and friends took place at Semington Crematorium near Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

The 58-year-old, who had locked-in syndrome, lost his High Court case to allow doctors to end his life without fear of prosecution, on 16 August.

Mr Nicklinson died from pneumonia at his home in Melksham on 22 August after refusing food and fluids.

Earlier this week his widow, Jane Nicklinson, said she hoped somebody else would continue with his fight for a change in the law.

“Even though we didn’t win, all the hard work for the case has been done.

“I hope at some point, someone will come forward and carry on with what Tony started,” she said.”

Today assisted suicide is still illegal, but…

In this country it remains criminal offence to assist someone in committing suicide. However, it will not always be prosecuted. The DPP has issued detailed guidelines as to the factors to be considered. These are centred on the motives of the person assisting. It is unlikely that a person acting only out of compassion will be prosecuted.


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