New Zealand euthanasia campaigner dies after losing landmark case

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A New Zealand euthanasia campaigner died on Friday just hours after receiving a judgment that rejected her case for assisted suicide, the High Court said. Lecretia Seales, a lawyer suffering from an inoperable brain tumor, launched a landmark legal bid to allow her doctor immunity from prosecution if the medic assisted her death. New Zealand’s High Court said the 42-year-old’s death came early Friday, shortly after she received judge David Collins’ ruling that changing the laws on euthanasia was a role for parliament, not the courts. “Sadly, Ms. Seales passed away within hours of receiving the judgment,” the High Court said in a statement. “The judge conveys to Ms. Seales’ husband, family and friends his deepest condolences.”

AFP

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