Dying woman's demand for right to assisted suicide is rejected

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 08 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1326
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A woman with motor neurone disease who has only months to live lost her legal battle last week for the right to her husband's help in ending her life.

    The House of Lords, the highest court in the United Kingdom, rejected a plea from Diane Pretty, 43, that a refusal by the director of public prosecutions, David Calvert-Smith, to rule out prosecuting her husband, Brian, if he were to help her die at a time of her choosing, violated her human …

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