LONDON, November 2, 2001 ( – The House of Lords has agreed to hear a right-to-die case, despite the fact that a panel of three High Court judges ruled unanimously against the request for assisted suicide. Dianne Pretty, a 47-year-old British woman suffering from motor neurone disease asked the courts to allow her husband to assist in her suicide without facing criminal charges.

The High Court judges, while saying they felt “desperately sorry” for the couple, ruled that no-one had the human right to “procure their own death”. They said that the Director of Public Prosecutions could not agree not to prosecute her husband for the assisted suicide since it would be a “licence to commit crime”.

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