‘Change law on sui­cide or I face a liv­ing hell’

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

A re­tired lec­turer has be­gun a le­gal chal­lenge for the right to die, say­ing he is fac­ing a “liv­ing hell”.

Noel Con­way, 67, is suf­fer­ing from mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease and has less than a year to live.

His case was heard by the High Court yes­ter­day, the start of a chal­lenge to the Sui­cide Act that is ex­pected to last for four or five days.

Mr Con­way, from Shrews­bury, told the BBC: “I will be quad­ri­plegic. I could be vir­tu­ally cata­tonic and con­ceiv­ably be in a locked-in syn­drome – that to me would be a liv­ing hell. That prospect is one I can­not ac­cept.”

He wants a dec­la­ra­tion that the Sui­cide Act 1961 is in­com­pat­i­ble with Ar­ti­cle 8 of the Euro­pean Con­ven­tion on Hu­man Rights.

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