Supreme Court Rules in ‘Right to Die’ Case

The Supreme Court has recently ruled in a high profile ‘Right to Die’ case. The case involved a retired lecturer, Marie Fleming, who is terminally ill due to multiple sclerosis.
The Court ruled that while suicide is no longer a criminal offence in Ireland, that did not mean that a Constitutional right to take one’s own life existed. It further stated thet Ms Fleming did not have the right to assisted sucide under the pricnipal of equal treatment.
Ms Fleming was appealing a High Court decision which refused to grant orders which would alow somone to lawfully help her die at a time of her choosing.

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