High Court hears former lecturer’s ‘right to die’ bid

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Noel Conway, a retired college lecturer, successfully went to the Court Of Appeal in Apr after he was denied permission to bring a authorised examination over the anathema on assisting a person to die.

The 67-year-old, from Shrewsbury, was diagnosed with engine neurone illness in Nov 2014 and uses movement apparatus and a wheelchair.

His lawyers contend that when he has reduction than 6 months left and still has mental capacity, “he would wish to be means to enroll assistance to bring about a pacific and cool death”.

Mr Conway wants a stipulation that the Suicide Act 1961 is exclusive with European laws on honour for private and family life, and insurance from discrimination.

The case Noel Conway v Ministry of Justice will be listened by 3 judges over 5 days at the High Court and could have major implications for the right to die in the UK.

Noel Conway, 67, who suffers from engine neurone disease, arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in London where he is seeking a authorised examination in his fight for the right to have the option of an assisted death, with his wife Carol (right) and stepson Terry McCusker (left).
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Mr Conway with his stepson Terry McCusker and wife Carol

Mr Conway’s case is the latest high-profile try to change the law in the UK and follows new developments around the world.

Tom Davies, from Dignity in Dying, said: “Other countries just like us are handling to take hold of this issue and create some-more compassionate, safer laws that we could have in this country too.”

He names Canada as an example, along with US states California and Colorado.

However, campaigners like Roger Symes from Not Dead Yet pronounced he would be hostile Mr Conway’s challenge, as it puts exposed people at risk.

“What we’ve seen in other countries that legalize assisted self-murder is that it starts off as only being accessible to a very tiny organisation and then it widens and widens.

“So anybody else who thinks: ‘this is zero to do with me, this is just about one bad man who needs help to die’, it’s not that at all.

“It’s actually about how we provide people in multitude who need help for whatever reason.”

Mr Conway’s authorised fight follows a similar justice case involving Tony Nicklinson, who was paralysed after a stroke.

However, in 2014, the Supreme Court motionless against Mr Nicklinson’s widow and pronounced UK law on assisted failing was not discordant to the European Convention on Human Rights.

A opinion in the House of Commons in 2015 led to a check to rectify the law being overwhelmingly deserted by 330 MPs to 118.

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