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Judges reject right to die bid but ask Parliament to look at the matter

26 June 2014 | by Liz Dodd | Comments: 0

The Supreme Court today rejected an appeal to allow doctors to help people to die, but challenged the Government to review the law around euthanasia, writes Liz Dodd.The court rejected by a majority of seven judges to two an appeal by the families of the late Tony Nicklinson, of Wiltshire, and Paul Lamb, of Leeds.But two justices, Lady Hale and Lord Kerr, said that the existing ban on assisted suicide was incompatible with human rights, while the president of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger, said the appeal was rejected to “accord Parliament the opportunity” to change the law.A majority – five justices – ruled that judges do have the constitutional authority to declare that the ban contravenes EU rights legislation. Lord Neuberger agreed, adding that the court di ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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