Noel Conway, a sufferer of motor neurone disease, has approached the British High Court to allow him die before his condition deteriorates any further. Conway, 67, a retired college lecturer, has been unable to breathe on his own, relying on a respirator to aid his breathing. He has urged the court, through his lawyers, to allow him die while he can still say goodbye to his friends and family.
Conway’s quest is being supported by Dignity in Dying, a campaign group. The last time the issue of mercy-killing was discussed in Britain, the Supreme Court turned it down three years ago. Also, Parliament refused to allow assisted death in England and Wales in 2015. Laws in Britain recommend a 14-year jail term for any doctor found guilty of assisting patients die.