Woman asks court for peaceful deathBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7096.1709a (Published 14 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1709
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A woman suffering from motor neurone disease is to ask the High Court for the right to end her life peacefully in the first case of its kind in Britain.
Annie Lindsell, aged 47, wants to die at home and is seeking a guarantee that her GP will lawfully be able to administer enough morphine to ease her distress, even though the dose may be fatal. Her lawyers emphasise that she is not asking for voluntary euthanasia, which is unlawful, but relying on the doctrine of double effect, under which a doctor may administer a drug …