Category Archives: Right to Die

Squaring Circles: Recent Case Law on Medical Decision-Making and the Unborn

Dr Conor O’Mahony On November 2, the High Court ruled in Health Services Executive v B that a woman could not be forced by court order to undergo a caesarean section in circumstances where her previous medical history posed an … Continue reading

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High Court Ruling Inevitable in light of Medical Evidence, but Questions Remain for Future Cases

Dr Conor O’Mahony This morning, the High Court ruled that a clinically dead pregnant woman could have her life support switched off and be allowed to die a natural death, notwithstanding the constitutional right to life of her unborn child. The … Continue reading

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Does a Pregnant Woman Have a Right to Die a Natural Death in Ireland?

Dr Conor O’Mahony Last night, reports emerged of a clinically dead pregnant woman (in her second trimester) being kept alive in an Irish hospital, against the wishes of her parents, to preserve the life of the unborn child. It has … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on the High Court decision in Fleming

To observers of constitutional law, the outcome of yesterday’s High Court ruling in the Marie Fleming case on assisted suicide was not surprising. The most relevant precedent (the 1996 Supreme Court decision in Re a Ward of Court) had established … Continue reading

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