30 April 2018
A terminally ill man who is challenging the law on assisted suicide has again asked judges to acknowledge his “basic right to die” and to envisage themselves in his position.
Noel Conway, 68, has motor neurone disease (MND), an incurable, progressive, muscle-wasting condition.
Diagnosed in 2014, he is in a wheelchair and has almost no movement below his neck.
He wants a doctor to be allowed to prescribe him a lethal dose of drugs when he feels life has become unbearable. His health has deteriorated since he launched his court action early last year.
Dr Peter Saunders, from Care Not Killing, said: “The blanket ban on assisted suicide is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of public safety for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.
“I hope that the judges will once again dismiss this attempt to circumvent Parliament by refusing to change a law that has been debated and rejected on numerous occasions both at Westminster and Holyrood.”
October 2017. Former lecturer with Motor Neurone Disease fails in bid to be helped to commit suicide but intends to appeal the ruling.
- Noel Conway’s case was supported by Humanists UK , Dignity in Dying and opposed by the secretary of state for justice. Care Not Killing and Not Dead Yet UK, also made submissions.
- The British Medical Association has previously expressed its opposition to physician-assisted dying, saying it risked putting “vulnerable people at risk of harm” and would be “contrary to the ethics of clinical practice”.
UK: Noel Conway Case for legal Assisted Suicide at the High Court on 17 July 2017
Attempts by Dignity in Dying to achieve a change in the law continue. This is despite the overwhelming defeat of the Maris Bill in 2015 by 330 – 118 votes and numerous preceding failed Bill attempts to change the law. This latest DID attempt, supports Mr Noel Conway, in yet another try for a change in the law.
Please see an analysis of this case from the Care not Killing Alliance here:
Nikki Kenward of ‘Distant Voices’ demonstrated outside the High Court (17 July 2017) during Noel Conway’s legal bid for assisted suicide. See Nikki talking to the BBC that day:
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