'Assisted dying isn't meant to be easy, but it should be possible', says campaigner Laura Nicklinson

Noel Conway: 'Assisted dying not meant to be easy, but it should be possible', says campaigner Laura Nicklinson

Noel Conway (Credit: Twitter @Kazi_UK)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A prominent right-to-die campaigner has said assisted dying shouldn't be easy, but at the very least it should be possible.

This follows the story of Noel Conway, a former lecturer, appealing to the High Court about his right to die.

Conway, who has been given a terminal diagnosis of motor neurone disease, is seeking a judicial review on assisted dying. It is the first case to be heard on the subject since campaigners lost a prominent appeal on the current legislation in the Supreme Court three years ago.

The 2014 campaign was led by the widow of Tony Nicklinson, who died in 2012 after suffering from 'locked-in syndrome', which left him totally paralysed, for seven years. Nicklinson had lost a right-to-die case in the High Court.

Laura Nicklinson, Tony's daughter, said assisted dying was always meant to be heavily regulated in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer. 

She said: "We've had so many arguments as to why people shouldn't have the right to die, but it's a personal thing. 

"This wasn't something we'd just chuck at people, it would have to be heavily regulated. It was never meant to be easy, but it should be possible. 

"There are people like dad, people like Noel, who could have years' worth of living in a horrible condition.

“I find it hard to believe a country meant to be as advanced and sophisticated as ours can’t grapple with the issues and find the middle ground between the people who need protecting and those who need release."

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