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Pro life groups welcome judgement on assisted suicide

18 October 2001

Pro-life groups welcome judgement on assisted suicide London, 18 October 2001--Pro-life groups intervening in the case of Mrs Diane Pretty have welcomed this morning's judgement. Paul Tully, general secretary of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said: "We welcome the decision, which has been made for the right reasons. It is fallacious and dangerous to argue that, because human rights law establishes a right to life, people also have a right to decide how and when they are to die. "Sufferers from motor neurone disease and other degenerative conditions should feel reassured and encouraged by this outcome. They should feel under no pressure from anyone--least of all the state--to ask for euthanasia or assisted suicide. Like all of us, they have a right to exist, and every effort should be made to relieve their pain and discomfort."

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