Has the UK reached a tipping point on assisted suicide?

Posted by es328 at Feb 08, 2017 10:20 AM |
Dr Clark Hobson, from the School of Law, has discussed the potential for legal changes on assisted suicide in the UK
Has the UK reached a tipping point on assisted suicide?

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In an article for BioEdge, Dr Clark Hobson, from the University's School of Law, has discussed whether the blanket ban on assisted suicide in the UK could be overturned.

In the article, Dr Hobson said: "Noel Conway is 67 years old. He suffers from motor neurone disease, and is estimated to have 12 months to live. Mr Conway has instructed lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to seek judicial review against the Ministry of Justice in the High Court, arguing that assisted suicide should be legally permissible, subject to satisfying a series of strict criteria.

"Mr Conway’s case is noteworthy for the vivid portrayal of the progress of his condition, and the accompanying fears of becoming ‘entombed in his own body’. The legal importance of Mr Conway’s case lies in the fact that it likely has the greatest chances of long-term success in overturning the law before the UK courts. A range of factors argue for Mr Conway’s position, and support for reform is mounting."

The full article for BioEdge is available here.

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