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U.K. Court Won’t Approve Suicide Help for ‘Locked-In’ Men

August 16, 2012

Two paralyzed men can’t legally seek assistance to end their lives, a U.K. court ruled today in a right-to-die case.

Tony Nicklinson and another man, who wasn’t identified during the trial, suffer from locked-in syndrome, meaning that while they can’t speak or control their muscles, they are mentally lucid. The men sought a court declaration that anyone who helped them commit suicide wouldn’t be prosecuted.

Judge Roger Toulson refused the request, ruling the courts couldn’t make such a major change to the law.

“These are matters for Parliament to decide, representing society as a whole,” he said in a written ruling today.

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