Friday October 30, 2020

The ultimate civil liberty?

Through exclusive access to witnesses and court papers, Health Correspondent Susan Mitchell goes behind the scenes of Irish woman Marie Fleming's landmark 'right-to-die' case.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

9th December, 2012
Marie Fleming leaving court last Tuesday with her partner, Tom Curran, her daughter and other family members after she had given her evidence on the opening day of the hearing. Photo: Courtpix

Few people know more about the practicalities of assisted dying than Russel Ogden. Ogden became an authority on the dilemma society faces when terminally-ill people wish to end their lives after a Canadian newspaper ran a front page story about his research into cases of illegal assisted suicides. It was, coincidentally, the same day Canadian woman Sue Rodriguez defied the 1993 Supreme Court of Canada ruling against her wish for assisted suicide by having a...

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