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Dying woman loses her battle for assisted suicide

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7345.1055/a (Published 04 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1055
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A terminally ill British woman with motor neurone disease this week lost the final round of her legal battle for the right to have her husband help her to commit suicide without risking prosecution.

    The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Diane Pretty's rights were not violated by the ban on assisted suicide in the United Kingdom or by the director of public prosecution's refusal to give an assurance that her husband, Brian, …

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