In London England, Tony Nicklinson age fifty-seven and a former rugby player had a career as a corporate manger and loved to engage in bridge climbing and skydiving when he had the time but that all ended seven years ago when he had a stroke that left him paralyzed. He cannot speak, needs constant care, and the only part of his body he can move is his head. He has decided that he wants to die but is unable to commit suicide.
He has recently went to Britain’s High Court asking if them to ensure that whoever helps him commit suicide and ends his life that they will not be jailed and charged with murder. He wants to have a doctor, with his written consent, give him a lethal injection. The court will hold their first hearing on this matter this week.
Tony Nicklinson has what doctor’s call locked-in syndrome, which is where the person’s mind is intact but the body of the person is paralyzed. Under the law in the United Kingdom, anyone who carries out his wishes, even with his written consent, can be charged with murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence no matter what the circumstances or motive.
In recent years no one that has been suspected of helping with a loved one’s suicide has been charged with murder but the former rugby player does not want to take a chance on whomever helps him would spend the rest of their life in prison for murder. He would like the government to change the legal definition of murder to include euthanasia. Euthanasia is legal in Luxembourg, the state of Oregon in the United States, Belgium, and the Netherlands.