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Former rugby player Tony Nicklinson had a high-flying job as a corporate manager in Dubai, where he went skydiving and bridge-climbing in his free time. Seven years ago, he suffered a paralyzing stroke. Today he can only move his head, cannot speak and needs constant care.And he wants to die.
To try to ensure that whoever ends his life won't be jailed, the 57-year-old Nicklinson recently asked Britain's High Court to declare that any doctor who gives him a lethal injection with his consent won't be charged with murder. This week, the court will hold its first hearing on the case.
He has refused since 2007 to take any life-prolonging drugs recommended by doctors, including heart drugs or blood thinners. He only takes medicines to make himself more comfortable, such as those to reduce muscle spasms
Originally posted by Frontkjemper
If the man wants to die on his terms, who are we to say he cannot? I give him my support, and like the OP I believe assisted suicide should be legal but only in cases where it makes sense. (I.e. killing yourself over heart break wouldn't be it. Killing yourself because you are 100% paralyzed IS.)
Originally posted by FlyersFan
People are saying it should only be allowed if someone is in intollerable pain or is terminally ill ... but what is considered tolerable to one person is intollerable to another ... and the thought of suffering without end ... that's torture. If someone wants to go ... let 'em go. Now kids .. that's another story. That's a hard one. I wouldn't want to be the one to have to make that decision ....
Locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson, who lost his High Court battle last week for the legal right to end his life when he chooses with a doctor's help, has died, his lawyers said.