Care Not Killing (CNK) has condemned a decision that will allow a High Court ruling to be appealed.
Alistair Thompson, spokesman for CNK, said he was disappointed by news that the decision by the High Court last year to reject the Tony Nicklinson case can be appealed.
He said, ‘No one who followed Mr Nicklinson’s case could fail to be moved, but the judges who considered the case in great detail last year, concluded the laws on euthanasia and assisted suicide were clear and did not need changing’.
Last year, the late Mr Nicklinson, who was suffering from locked-in syndrome after an accident, took his case to the High Court to allow his doctor to assist him to die. When it was rejected, the 58-year-old man, who had been refusing food, contracted pneumonia and died at his home in Wiltshire.
According to the Guardian, in January this year his family won permission to continue his right-to-die campaign by appealing against a High Court ruling that went against him.
However, Mr Thompson said, ‘Specifically, Mr Nicklinson’s request to introduce a new defence in murder cases of voluntary euthanasia was firmly rejected as being incompatible with English law.
‘The High Court ruled the prohibition on euthanasia and assisted suicide in England and Wales was not contrary to Article 8 of the European Convention. Today’s decision does not alter this.
‘The law has been debated many time and exists to protect those who are sick, elderly, depressed or disabled from feeling obliged to end their lives. It does not need to be changed’.