Ireland: the High Court in Dublin refuses to recognise the right to assisted suicide

Publié le : 15 January 2013

 On Thursday, the High Court in Dublin refused to recognise the "right to assisted suicide" requested by an Irishwoman, Marie Fleming, aged 59, suffering from the terminal phase of multiple sclerosis and paralysed in her four limbs. This ruling follows the appeal lodged in December 2012 by Marie Fleming "to recognise the right of her partner for the past eighteen years to help her to die."     

Under Ireland’s current legislation, such an act would incur a prison sentence. In Great Britain, a debate on the "right to die" is under way. In the rest of Europe, this practice is authorised in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland. 

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