High Court upholds right of woman to travel abroad for suicideBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7479.1364-d (Published 09 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1364
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A 65 year old British woman with a degenerative brain condition committed suicide at a Zurich clinic this month, after a High Court judge refused to intervene to stop her husband taking her there.
Suicide is not a crime in Britain, but aiding a suicide is a serious offence carrying a maximum 14 year prison term. The judge, Mr Justice Hedley, said that the husband, named only as Mr Z, had arguably already committed the crime by the time the case came to court, in arranging for his wife to make …