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Irish woman loses right-to-die case

11th January 2013

A 59-year-old Irish woman who is terminally ill and completely paralysed with multiple sclerosis has lost her battle for the lawful right to die.

In what is the first case of its kind to be brought in Ireland, former university lecturer Marie Fleming had appealed to establish her partner’s legal right to help her die, an act that is illegal in mainly Roman Catholic Ireland, because her life had become "totally undignified and too painful to bear". However, Dublin’s High Court refused her plea saying it was impossible to tailor the legislation governing assisted suicide on an individual basis.

 

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