The daughters of the late right-to-die campaigner Tony Nicklinson, who have maintained his Twitter account, have issued the following message ahead of the High Court's ruling on their right to pursue an appeal to make assisted suicide legal:
Leading judges are due to issue their rulings on three cases this morning in the latest round of a right-to-die legal battle started by the locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson. They are:
- The family of the late Mr Nicklinson's appeal to challenge the illegality of assisted suicide.
- Paralysed road accident victim Paul Lamb's bid to make right-to-die legal.
- A third man, a locked-in syndrome sufferer referred to as "Martin", who wants to be allowed a "dignified suicide".
The cases are unbearably tragic, but they cannot be the basis for changing a law that could affect millions.
Those are the words of the chief executive of disability charity Scope, written when the right-to-die cases from Paul Lamb and the family of Tony Nicklinson were put to the Court of Appeal in May.
Ahead of this morning's High court ruling, click here to read his argument against disabled people taking their own lives.
The widow of the right-to-die campaigner Tony Nicklinson has told Daybreak, "Nobody should have to die the way that Tony did".
As she awaits an appeal decision, Jane Nicklinson said, "This case never was just about Tony":
Paralysed road accident victim Paul Lamb, 57, from Leeds, will hear a decision on his appeal today after he won the right to join the litigation to continue the battle started by right-to-die campaigner Tony Nicklinson.
Mr Lamb is immobile except for limited movement in his right hand and has been in significant pain since the 1990 tragedy.
He wants a doctor to help him die in a dignified way, preferably by a lethal injection, with his family around him in his own home.
The former builder and father of two says he feels worn out and fed up of going through the motions of life rather than living it.
The family of the late right-to-die campaigner Tony Nicklinson said they "hope that common sense prevails" as they await an appeal decision:
Lock-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson died at home in Melksham, Wiltshire, last August, a week after he lost a High Court bid to end his life with a doctor's help.
Mr Nicklinson, who was paralysed by a stroke while on a business trip to Athens in 2005, had refused food and contracted pneumonia after he was "devastated" by the decision of Lord Justice Toulson, Mr Justice Royce and Mrs Justice Macur.
But his widow Jane vowed to continue the battle in the courts, which she said was "part of Tony's legacy".
Mr Nicklinson had sought declarations that there should be a defence of necessity available to a doctor assisting him to die, and that the law was incompatible with his right to respect for private and family life under the European Convention on Human Rights.
Leading judges are due to rule on the latest round of a right-to-die legal battle started by locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson.
Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson and Lord Justice Elias will announce their decision in an appeal brought by Mr Nicklinson's family following his death, and will also give rulings in two other cases.
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