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Exclusive: New landmark challenge to law on assisted suicide

A case is being taken by an Irish woman who has a physically debilitating terminal illness, and by her husband, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
15th September, 2012
The Four Courts: assisting suicide can be punishable by up to 14 years' imprisonment in Ireland. Photo: Photocall

A landmark challenge to Ireland's assisted suicide laws will be lodged in the High Court next month. The case is being taken by an Irish woman who has a physically debilitating terminal illness, and her husband.

The couple want the High Court to declare that anyone who kills her with her consent would not be charged with a criminal offence.

Suicide is not illegal here, but it is against the law to aid, abet, procure...

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