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Tuesday April 30 2013 09:51 AM

The Supreme Court rejects appeal

Person with MS Marie Fleming was denied her appeal to allow her to die in her own home with the help of her partner, Tom Curran. The High Court ruled in January that the legislation would not be changed to allow for assisted suicide.

In their judgement in January they stated that while her right to autonomy was affected by the ban, it could not agree the legislation was disproportionate.

The seven judges on the Supreme Court unanimously issued a statement that there was no explicit right to commit suicide or to determine the time of ones death in the Constitution nor was there the right for a limited class of people such as Ms Fleming.

However, the Supreme Court also stated that their ruling does not prevent the Oireachtas from debating the issue or the DPP from considering prosecutions in an appropriate manner.

Speaking about the rejection of the appeal MS Curran made a statement outside the courts saying that the courts have let Marie down and they will now consider their future.

“We will go back to Wicklow and live our lives until such time that Marie makes up her mind that she has had enough. And in that case the court will have an opportunity to decide my future.”

Mr Curran also stated that they may consider bringing the case to the European Courts of Justice.

What are your feelings on the judgement?

Author: MS Ireland

Tags: assistedsuicide

Comments

Marion

Tuesday April 30 2013 11:27

I know of people in the same town as this unfortunate academic Marie Fleming resides with MS in one case quite severe. The person in mind suffers but is determined to get on with life. The obligation of the state is to ensure patients are provided with as much comfort as possible & not allow disabled or ill people to be defined by law as a burden.

Anne

Tuesday April 30 2013 22:14

This judgement was inevitable but I feel very sad for Marie, her partner and family and wish her well. I hope our health service will look after her.

Pat Dwyer

Wednesday May 01 2013 15:20

Posted the following on facebook:As a person with MS all these reports make me angry - very angry. The media is talking through its posterior by stating on a number of reports that she is terminally ill from MS. You cannot die from MS - fact¬! It can feck up your life physically and mentally ok and all the people living with you. These reports are sending out a wrong and false message to people recently diagnosed with MS,to the public at large and people living with it daily. So from the horses mouth I am saying you cannot die from MS! So let us live with it and struggle on. I do not want to listen about principles!

Veronica

Friday May 03 2013 23:46

God love her and I hope she gets her wish in some form or other. We do not appreciate the health we have until its taken . Heartbreaking

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