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Outliers: Quotable

By Modern Healthcare
Posted: December 8, 2012 - 12:01 am ET

“I've come to the court today, whilst I still can use my speech, my voice, to ask you to assist me in having a peaceful, dignified death. To die peacefully, I need assistance, that's when I would have to call upon my partner and carer for 18 years to assist me in doing that. If he does that, and he said he would, it means he could be open to prosecution, but a sentence of something like 14 years. To die in the arms of Tom and my children, they could also be prosecuted for just being with me, I don't want to leave a legacy like that behind, my children are parents.”

—Marie Fleming, a woman in Ireland with terminal multiple sclerosis, from the Press Association National Newswire. Fleming was speaking in Dublin's High Court in a plea to allow her to end her life with assistance.

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