UK court lifts injunction on man taking wife to Switzerland for assisted suicide

[JURIST] The UK High Court Tuesday lifted an injunction preventing a man from helping his scik wife travel to Switzerland for an assisted suicide. Family Division judge Justice Hedley lifted the temporary injunction, but ruled that police held discretion on whether to take action against the couple, identified only as Mr. and Mrs. Z. Mrs. Z was diagnosed with cerebellar ataxia, a degenerative brain disease, in 1997, and she has become too ill to travel alone. Hedley concluded that Mr. Z in making plans to take Mrs. Z to Switzerland, where assisted suicide is not illegal, had arguably violated the Suicide Act of 1961. BBC News has more on assisted suicide in the UK, which is currently illegal. BBC News has more.

 

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