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An attempt by Mr Noel Conway of Shrewsbury to secure a court ruling that the Suicide Act 1961, which sets out the law on assisted dying, is incompatible with Article Eight of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to private and family life) has failed.

An attempt by Mr Noel Conway of Shrewsbury to secure a court ruling that the Suicide Act 1961, which sets out the law on assisted dying, is incompatible with Article Eight of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to private and family life) has failed. The judgement follows rejection by Members of Parliament in 2015 of proposals to allow physician-assisted dying in England and Wales - a parliamentary debate that had been called for by the Supreme Court in dismissing Tony Nicklinson’s case in 2014. The High Court was not persuaded by Mr Conway’s legal team’s attempts to provide reassurance that safeguards could be established to protect vulnerable people from exposure to coercion to end their lives sooner than they would wish.

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