A British man, who is paralysed from the neck down, has won the right to challenge the UK’s legal definition of murder – in a bid to be allowed to be helped to die.
Tony Nicklinson had a stroke in 2005 and requires constant care. He asked Britain’s High Court to rule that if a doctor were to give him a lethal injection with his consent, they would not be charged with murder.
Although officials recently stated that relatives of the terminally ill were unlikely to face charges for assisted suicide, until now, Britain has ruled out legalising professional euthanasia.
But in this instance, the judge ruled that Nickinson’s case can go to a full hearing, where medical evidence can be presented.
Nicklinson, a former rugby player, has locked-in syndrome. Although his mind is fully functioning, he is completely paralysed. He says he has no privacy or dignity left.