29. Sanctity of human life.

The principle of the sanctity of human life and the presumption in favour of prolonging it is not irrebuttable1, but English law, as it stands at present, places a very heavy burden on those who advocate a course which would lead inevitably to the cessation of a human life2. The mere prolongation of the life of a persistent vegetative state patient3, with no hope of any recovery, is not necessarily in his best interests; and where those treating him are of the opinion, on all the evidence, that his best interests lie in not artificially prolonging his life, they