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Mixed opinions by judges in Nicklinson case shows danger of Falconer bill

1 June 2014


Several Supreme Court justices have encouraged and even pressured Parliament to pass Lord Falconer's assisted suicide bill

The mixed opinions of judges in the Supreme Court judgment in the Nicklinson case shows the danger of Parliament passing the Falconer assisted suicide bill.

The warning came from SPUC Pro-Life, which was represented officially before the courts in the Pretty and Purdy cases. Paul Tully, SPUC's general secretary, commented:

"Although the Supreme Court has rejected the Nicklinson appeal in general, several Supreme Court justices have encouraged and even pressured Parliament to pass Lord Falconer's assisted suicide bill.

"Today's judgment shows the real danger that judges who want to see assisted suicide allowed will undermine the Falconer bill's weak safeguards for vulnerable people if the bill is passed." [SPUC, 25 June]

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