right to die


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right to die

n.
1. A person's right to refuse medical measures to prolong life, such as mechanical ventilation or hydration and nutrition, especially in the case of terminal illness.
2. The right of a person convicted of a capital crime to refuse to resist, such as through further appeals, the state's imposition of the death sentence.

right′-to-die′ adj.
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Indeed it was: I had as good a right to die when my time came as he had: but I should bide that time, and not be hurried away in a suttee.
The marquis had been ill, and the marquis had died; he had as good a right to die as any one.
The Indian judges said the right to die with dignity was a fundamental right and that an advance directive by a person in the form of a living will could be approved by the courts.
Recognising the right to die with dignity, the apex court said, "Human beings have the right to die with dignity.
But the right to die law, proposed by Wolverhampton MP Rob Marris, provoked strong debate.
But the right to die law provoked strong debate before it was overwhelmingly rejected by MPs, with 330 MPs from across the Commons opposed the Assisted Dying Bill, while just 118 backed the proposals.
OUR story about seriously ill grandfather Gordon Ross, 66, who went to Scotland's highest court yesterday to demand the right to die, provoked a largely sympathetic response from our online readers.
She said: "Her name is synonymous with the right to die and everything she achieved in the courts.
Daughter Bronwen Davies, a nurse from Cardiff, said she had feelings of extreme anger before coming to terms with the wishes of her ill mother, who had written a book about the right to die.
Summary: The lawyer of right to die campaigner Paul Lamb has called for changes in the law over the challenge to grant assisted suicide.
TONY Nicklinson died and the law makers breathed a sigh of relief - not because Tony had died, but because it took away the moral argument of his right to die.
Last week a court denied Tony, who suffered from locked-in syndrome, the right to die with dignity and in peace.