Challenge to the law against assisted dying dismissed by High Court
The UK High court dismissed Noel Conway's challenge to the law against assisted dying this morning.
Conway, who is supported by Dignity in Dying, suffers from motor neurone disease. He is challenging the illegality of assisted dying for those with terminal illnesses who have been given six months or fewer to live.
Conway is a member of Humanists UK, which intervened in the case in his favour. The group have promised to assist him as he seeks to appeal the decision given today.
Nancy Collins of Hodge Jones & Allen LLP, who acted on behalf of Humanists UK, commented: 'This is a disappointing decision for those who believe that terminally ill people should have the right to choose the timing of their death.'...
"'Having lost the argument in Parliament two years ago, assisted suicide campaigners have signalled that they will refocus their attention on the courts', Williams noted. 'The current law tempers justice with mercy and provides essential safeguards against abuse. We mustn't allow those safeguards to be undermined'.
CARE's Director of Parliamentary Affairs, Dr Dan Boucher added: 'Our current law exists to protect the vulnerable and weak from being exploited and coerced. It is therefore right that the law today has been upheld'.
'Parliament recently overwhelmingly voted to reject introducing assisted suicide in Great Britain and we should respect the will of Parliament"
Pushing back to retain confidence that caregivers have no inducement to become executioners is wise -- trust is needed that the ones with life and death decisions are not working against the basis of medicine- the Hypocratic oath.