Paul Lamb, a 58-year-old British man, would like his life to end. He is “extensively paralyzed,” requires care around the clock and has been in pain for over two decades. However, Mr. Lamb’s disability prevents him from ending his own life, and British law prevents anyone from assisting him. In order to achieve his goal, which he claims is to die with dignity surrounded by family and friends, Mr. Lamb has petitioned for a judicial ruling to allow a doctor to assist in his suicide. Essentially, Mr. Lamb has requested that any doctor who assists him be able to claim an affirmative defense of, “acting to stop intolerable suffering.”
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