Tony Nicklinson, a paralysed man who is campaigning for a doctor to be allowed to lawfully end his life, is having his case heard at the High Court this week. As a result of a stroke in 2005, he suffers from locked-in syndrome, which means that he is of sound mind, but is paralysed from the neck down and is unable to speak. Mr Nicklinson wants the judges presiding over his case to rule that, if he makes the informed decision to end his life, a doctor will be immune from prosecution if they help him to do so. The British Humanist Association (BHA) supports Mr Nicklinsons legal case, and in addition to this, would also like to see legislation in Parliament to legalise assisted dying.
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