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Christian groups warn of 'dangerous precedent'

Christian groups have hit out at the decision made by the courts to allow Tony Nicklinson's case for ending his life to be heard.

Dr Peter Saunders from the Christian Medical Comment says today's decision could remove legal protection from large amounts of sick and disabled people. He said:

"Every law limits choice and stops some people doing what they might desperately wish to do but this is necessary in order to maintain protection for others. No man is an island and this case is about much more than Tony Nicklinson."

"Nicklinson has the right to refuse treatment under existing law, and could do so, but what he is seeking to do instead is to give doctors the power to kill in specific circumstances on grounds of ‘necessity’. That would be a very dangerous precedent indeed."

Online support for Tony Nicklinson

Tony Nicklinson's legal victory has caused an outpouring of sympathy on twitter. Here are some of the comments of support he has received:

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Locked-in sufferer Tony Nicklinson gives statement

Locked-in sufferer Tony Nicklinson, has issued a statement following a High Court action that Mr Nicklinson can proceed with his right-to-die case. Mr Nicklinson said:

"I have no privacy or dignity left. I am washed, dressed and put to bed by carers who are, after all, still strangers. I am fed up with my life and don't want to spend the next 20 years or so like this.

"What I object to is having my right to choose taken away from me after I had been saved."

Judge gives go-ahead for right-to-die case

High Court judge, Mr Justice Charles gave severely disabled Tony Nicklinson the go-ahead to to take his case to lawfully end his life further.

I give permission for him to seek such relief by way of judicial review.

– Mr Justice Charles

Mr Justice Charles said that when the case goes to a full hearing Tony Nicklinson will be seeking a declaration that:

It would not be unlawful, on the grounds of necessity, for Mr Nicklinson's GP, or another doctor, to terminate or assist the termination of Mr Nicklinson's life.

– Mr Justice Charles
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