05:37, March 30 388 0 theguardian.com

2017-03-30 05:37:03
High court rejects challenge to ban on assisted dying

A terminally ill former lecturer has lost a high court challenge to change the law so that he could be given assistance to die at home surrounded by his family.

Noel Conway, 67, from Shrewsbury, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in November 2014. His condition is incurable and he is not expected to live beyond 12 months.

Supported by the organisation Dignity in Dying, he had instructed lawyers to seek permission for a judicial review of the ban on assisted dying, which, he says, prevents him ending his own life without protracted pain. Assisted dying is prohibited by section 2(1) of the Suicide Act 1961 and voluntary euthanasia is considered murder under English and Welsh law.

Conway was not in court in London on Thursday to hear Lord Justice Burnett and Mr Justice Jay rule that he did not have an arguable case to go forward.

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