Woman to testify in 'right-to-die' case - The Irish Times - Fri, Nov 30, 2012
Special arrangements have been made for a woman terminally ill with multiple sclerosis to give evidence to the High Court next week why she wants unprecedented orders permitting her be helped lawfully take her own life if and when she chooses.This woman appears to be of sound mind and her desire to end her life is entirely her own. What societal benefit is there in preventing her being facilitated in doing so? I cannot comprehend any justification for her being forced against her will to live for another few months in agonising pain. Would a compassionate society not accede to her wishes and facilitate her?A mother of two adult children living in Co Wicklow with Mr Curran, Ms Fleming (59), who was diagnosed in 1986 with MS and is in the final stages of the condition, says she is past the point where she could take her own life unaided but wants to establish the right to end her life with assistance.
Suicide is not illegal here but it is an offence under the Criminal Law Suicide Act 1993 to be an accomplice to such an act and a jail sentence of up to 14 years may be imposed for that offence. Ms Fleming is challenging the constitutionality of the 1993 Act alleging it interferes with her rights to autonomy and dignity.