Irishwoman Marie Fleming is taking a page out of Debby Purdy’s arguments to push for legalizing assisted sucide in Ireland.
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IT is impossible not to be moved by the plight of Marie Fleming, who is in the terminal stages of multiple sclerosis.
Wheelchair-bound, she registered five years ago with Dignitas, the controversial clinic in Zurich, Switzerland, where terminally ill but competent patients are allowed to die under the supervision of doctors.
But Marie opted not to end her life in Zurich as her partner of more than 20 years, Tom Curran, vowed that he would help her die at home.
If Curran, Fleming's full- time carer, accedes to her wishes, he faces a jail term of up to 14 years -- or life if convicted of murder -- for assisting her suicide.
It is a price Mr Curran is willing to pay.
The peace of mind Marie now seeks is that he can do so without fear of prosecution. more