Noel Conway loses UK court bid
Noel Conway, 67, who was diagnosed in November 2014 with terminal motor neurone disease has lost a High Court bid to challenge the law on assisted dying. Mr Conway was seeking a declaration that the Suicide Act 1961 is incompatible with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998, which relates to respect for private and family life, and Article 14, which enables protection from discrimination. two judges ruled against Mr Conway while one, Mr Justice Charles, agreed permission should be granted. Conway, who is not expected to live beyond 12 months said he would appeal against the court’s decision, the first case to be heard since the law was challenged in 2014 and 2015 and the only one involving a terminally ill patient.
Before going into court, Conway said “If I decided I was going to [an assisted dying clinic in] Switzerland, I would have had to have gone by now. That would have deprived me of much more important and valued time with my family”. Mr Conway, who lives with his wife Carol and son Alex, used to be very physically active and enjoyed climbing, skiing, walking and cycling. Conway told the BBC: “I fear I will reach a stage where I am entombed in my own body as my ability to move gradually reduces – that would be unimaginable.”