Irish High Court to rule on MS patient’s assisted suicide

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Irish High Court to rule on MS patient’s assisted suicide

Postby MSUK » Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:24 am

Irish High Court to rule on MS patient’s assisted suicide case in early January

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The High Court will rule on January 10 on an unprecedented challenge to the absolute ban on assisted suicide here brought by a woman terminally ill with multiple sclerosis.

After evidence and legal submissions in the six-day case concluded yesterday, the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, sitting with Mr Justice Paul Carney and Mr Justice Gerard Hogan, said they had many issues to consider and would rule on January 10.

Ms Fleming (58) claims the absolute ban on assisted suicide in Section 2.2 of the Criminal Law Suicide Act is unconstitutional on grounds it breaches her personal rights under the Constitution and European Convention on Human Rights.

Alternatively, she argues the DPP is required to publish guidelines outlining what factors are taken into account in deciding whether to prosecute assisted suicides.... Read More - http://www.msrc.co.uk/index.cfm/fuseact ... ageid/2479
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