Terminally ill man loses right-to-die case

Image caption Noel Conway was identified as having motor neurone disease in 2014

A terminally ill man offers lost his High Court problem against the law on assisted dying.

Noel Conway, 67, through Shrewsbury, who has motor neurone condition, wanted a doctor to be allowed to recommend a lethal dose when their health deteriorates.

Currently any doctor helping your pet to die would face up to fourteen years in prison.

His lawyers had contended he faced a stark option, which was unfair and the law necessary to change.

They said can either bring about his own death whilst still physically able to do so, or even await death with no control over exactly how and when it came.

He had previously said he wished to say goodbye to loved ones “at the right period, not to be in a zombie-like situation suffering both physically and psychologically”.

He argued that whenever he had less than six months to live plus retained the mental capacity ponder, he wished to be able to enlist the help of the medical profession to bring in regards to a “peaceful and dignified” death.

Parliamentary debate

Mr Conway, who was not really at London’s High Court upon Thursday, wanted a declaration which the Suicide Act 1961, which lies out the law on assisted perishing, is incompatible with Article 8 of the European Convention on Individual Rights, which relates to respect pertaining to private and family life, plus Article 14, which protects through discrimination.

But Master Justice Sales, Mrs Justice Whipple and Mr Justice Garnham turned down his case.

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Image caption Before their illness Noel Conway was a willing skier, climber and cyclist

It is not the very first time the law has been challenged.

A case brought by Tony Nicklinson : who was paralysed after a stroke — was dismissed in 2014 with the Supreme Court, which stated it had been important that Parliament debated the issues just before any decision was made by the particular courts.

In 2015 MPs rejected proposals to allow aided dying in England and Wales, within their first vote on the issue within almost 20 years.

Followers of the current legislation say this exists to protect the weak plus vulnerable from being exploited or even coerced.

Mr Conway’s case is different from Mr Nicklinson’s in that he has a terminal disease and his legal team set out rigorous criteria and clear potential shields to protect vulnerable people from any kind of abuse of the system.

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