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Letters Suicide and euthanasia paradox

A question of rights

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 27 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4705
  1. David Levine, retired physician1
  1. 1Sennen, Cornwall TR19 7AX
  1. dflreens{at}

    The paradox is that it is a criminal offence to help someone in an act that is not illegal. MacCormick uses the Declaration of Human Rights to justify challenging patients’ beliefs about their lives, but this distorts the declaration’s real purpose of protecting individuals’ rights against abuse by others.1 Nicklinson’s lawyers alluded …

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