An Irish woman wishing she could take her own life was denied assisted suicide by Dublin’s High Court.
Marie Fleming is 59 years old, and has multiple sclerosis. She is in what is likely in the final stages of her life, but would rather it be over with already.
Ireland decriminalized suicide back in 1993, so Fleming could legally take her own life. Her physical condition does not allow her to do so.
Her partner, Tom Curran, says he would help her commit suicide, but the law won’t allow it. Fleming has taken to the courts to try to get around Ireland’s ban on assisted suicide.
She says she is being discriminated against as a disabled person. The courts did not agree.
The court said that while they understand Fleming’s tragic situation, that it does not grant her the right to die, or decide when she dies.
Curran could face up to 14 years in prison if he were convicted of assisting her in taking her own life. Even after the court said he could not perform the act for her, he says he might just go ahead and do it anyway.