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There is supposed to be a decision today on Tony Nicklinson's Right-to-die case. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19249680

Tony Nicklinson, 58, from Melksham, Wiltshire, communicates by blinking and has described his life as a "living nightmare" since a stroke in 2005.

His High Court case goes further than past challenges to laws in England and Wales on assisted suicide and murder.

Any ruling is expected to be subject to an appeal.

Mr Nicklinson's team will also argue that his case is covered by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights which deals with the right to respect for private and family life.

The judges will also publish a determination in the case of another paralysed man with locked-in syndrome, named only as Martin, who is 47.

Part of his case involves a challenge to the Director of Public Prosecution's policy on assisted suicide.

The link also gives details of other cases:

Right-to-die cases

Diane Pretty was terminally ill with motor neurone disease. She wanted the courts to give her husband immunity from prosecution if he was to help her die. In November 2001 the House of Lords refused her application.

Ms B was left a tetraplegic by a brain condition. She went to court because doctors refused to stop her artificial ventilation. The High Court ruled in 2002 that her request was valid and treatment was stopped.

Mrs Z, who had an incurable degenerative disease, wanted to go to Switzerland to die and Mr Z arranged it. An injunction to prevent the travel was granted to the local authority. The order was overturned in 2004.

MS sufferer Debbie Purdy challenged the lack of clarity on the law on assisted suicide. She wanted to understand how prosecutors would make a decision on whether or not to prosecute her husband if he was to assist her to get to Switzerland to be helped to die. Ms Purdy won her case and guidance was issued.

There are further links on the linked page, which give more details.

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:52:26 UTC | #950875