A profound respect for the sanctity of human life underpins the common law of England and Wales, as it underpins the jurisprudence under Article 21. The fundamental principle of the sanctity of human life has been described as a principle long recognised not only in English society but also in most, if not all, civilised societies throughout the modern world2. It has been said that a profound respect for the sanctity of human life is embedded in English law and moral philosophy, as it is in that of most civilised societies in the east and the west
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