York woman welcomes ruling on right to die

York woman welcomes ruling on right to die

York woman welcomes ruling on right to die

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A YORK woman with terminal cancer has welcomed the Supreme Court’s latest ruling over an individual’s the right to die.

The cases before the court involved the family of the late Tony Nicklinson, of Wiltshire, who had locked-in syndrome, and Paul Lamb, of Leeds, who was paralysed in a crash who wanted a change in the law to allow doctors to assist patients to die. A third man lost his attempt to have prosecution guidance on assisted suicide clarified.

The court’s ruling did not grant the change in the law, but said Parliament must begin to consider the amendment which Margaret John, 73, of South Bank, who has ovarian cancer, said was a positive step.

“At first it looks like we have lost it but what they have done is made sure that a decision needs to be taken because a change in the law as it should be by Parliament and certainly the judges have said that.

“Some of the judges have been much more sympathetic to the idea about having the chance to end life and said that if Parliament does not debate this and makes up its mind, judges will start making decisions for them and I think that is a positive step.

She did not expect the law to be changed before next year’s general election, but said she was one of many who felt the changes have to be made. “Life is very precious but it is life, not existence, and that is important for me - that I have got life as long as I can. Pain doesn’t matter with me but becoming dependent and my world shrinking to just four walls? I want a full range of options available to me at the end.”

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9:36am Fri 27 Jun 14

CHISSY1 says...

I have had cancer i lost my wife to cancer.It should be every sane persons right to decide to die.The pain and suffering is terrible.But once again we are having to await decision from out of touch idiots in charge of this country.And no doubt the "life is precious" brigade will be putting their spoke in.Life is precious if you have one.
I have had cancer i lost my wife to cancer.It should be every sane persons right to decide to die.The pain and suffering is terrible.But once again we are having to await decision from out of touch idiots in charge of this country.And no doubt the "life is precious" brigade will be putting their spoke in.Life is precious if you have one. CHISSY1
  • Score: 19

9:50am Fri 27 Jun 14

Art Baker says...

CHISSY1 wrote:
I have had cancer i lost my wife to cancer.It should be every sane persons right to decide to die.The pain and suffering is terrible.But once again we are having to await decision from out of touch idiots in charge of this country.And no doubt the "life is precious" brigade will be putting their spoke in.Life is precious if you have one.
To demonstrate your sanity and to help everyone else maintain theirs, why not **** a snook at the idiots in charge and exercise your own personal rights.
[quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: I have had cancer i lost my wife to cancer.It should be every sane persons right to decide to die.The pain and suffering is terrible.But once again we are having to await decision from out of touch idiots in charge of this country.And no doubt the "life is precious" brigade will be putting their spoke in.Life is precious if you have one.[/p][/quote]To demonstrate your sanity and to help everyone else maintain theirs, why not **** a snook at the idiots in charge and exercise your own personal rights. Art Baker
  • Score: -14

10:17am Fri 27 Jun 14

CHISSY1 says...

Art Baker wrote:
CHISSY1 wrote:
I have had cancer i lost my wife to cancer.It should be every sane persons right to decide to die.The pain and suffering is terrible.But once again we are having to await decision from out of touch idiots in charge of this country.And no doubt the "life is precious" brigade will be putting their spoke in.Life is precious if you have one.
To demonstrate your sanity and to help everyone else maintain theirs, why not **** a snook at the idiots in charge and exercise your own personal rights.
Why come out with a comment like that,what is your opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Art Baker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: I have had cancer i lost my wife to cancer.It should be every sane persons right to decide to die.The pain and suffering is terrible.But once again we are having to await decision from out of touch idiots in charge of this country.And no doubt the "life is precious" brigade will be putting their spoke in.Life is precious if you have one.[/p][/quote]To demonstrate your sanity and to help everyone else maintain theirs, why not **** a snook at the idiots in charge and exercise your own personal rights.[/p][/quote]Why come out with a comment like that,what is your opinion. CHISSY1
  • Score: 0

10:38am Fri 27 Jun 14

X5019c says...

CHISSY1 wrote:
I have had cancer i lost my wife to cancer.It should be every sane persons right to decide to die.The pain and suffering is terrible.But once again we are having to await decision from out of touch idiots in charge of this country.And no doubt the "life is precious" brigade will be putting their spoke in.Life is precious if you have one.
I don't often agree with you, but in this case I am with you 100%. Having seen people die over a prolonged period, in pain, and without any dignity I am convinced that we should all be allowed this most basic of human rights.
[quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: I have had cancer i lost my wife to cancer.It should be every sane persons right to decide to die.The pain and suffering is terrible.But once again we are having to await decision from out of touch idiots in charge of this country.And no doubt the "life is precious" brigade will be putting their spoke in.Life is precious if you have one.[/p][/quote]I don't often agree with you, but in this case I am with you 100%. Having seen people die over a prolonged period, in pain, and without any dignity I am convinced that we should all be allowed this most basic of human rights. X5019c
  • Score: 20

1:09pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Phalanges says...

Why do people still suffer pain at the end of life? With NHS England's budget of £95.6 billion R&D on pain relief and it’s implementation should be providing a solution to this VERY important issue.
Why do people still suffer pain at the end of life? With NHS England's budget of £95.6 billion R&D on pain relief and it’s implementation should be providing a solution to this VERY important issue. Phalanges
  • Score: 6
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