High time for all politicians and the law to accept that some people prefer a dignified death at a place and time of their own choosing rather than a lingering death and slow, painful descent into a state of helpless degeneration. There would be a public outcry if animals were made to suffer in the same way.
Death is the inevitable end for all creatures, human or otherwise – so why this sanctimonious pretence that human life is so precious, it is preferable to suffer the indescribable pain of a terminal illness at the end of one’s life-span, rather than be permitted the relief of a painless passage to eternity surrounded by those who love you enough to stay with you to the end?
Conway, R(on the application of) v The Secretary of State for Justice EWCA Civ 275
The Court of Appeal has overturned the refusal of the Divisional Court to allow a motor neurone disease sufferer to challenge section (1) of the Suicide Act. He may now proceed to seek a declaration under section 4(2) of the Human Rights Act 1998 that the ban on assisted dying is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. The background to this appeal can be found in my post on the decision from the court below, which focussed on the vigorous dissent by Charles J.
Briefly, Mr Conway wishes to enlist the assistance of a medical profession to bring about his death in a peaceful and dignified way at a time while he retains the capacity to make the decision. His family respect his decision and choices and wish to support him in every way…
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