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Meet Tony Nicklinson.

The former rugby player and corporate manager suffered a stroke in 2005 that left him paralyzed from the neck down and unable to speak.

Nicklinson has said he has suffered enough.

"I am fed up with my life and don't want to spend the next 20 years or so like this," Nicklinson said in a statement.

Nicklinson asked the High Court in Britain to declare any doctor who killed him not be charged with murder.

And on Monday, a judge said the request would proceed - making it the first right-to-die case to get a hearing in a British court.

In the U.S., it is illegal in all states for human euthanasia, however Oregon, Washington, and Montana allow assisted suicides, though it comes with strict guidelines.

Now throw in religion, ethics and morals and you have one huge debate.

So what do you think the right thing to do is? If you knew you were going to be paralyzed for the rest of your life and could not speak would you want to live?

Sure, we hear many moving stories of people using their disabilities to make a difference, and I think that is great. But if you aren't in their position how do you really know?

This stems deeper than abortion even. Is it a person's right to end their life in a more humane way, like lethal medication or assisted suicide? Truth is, if someone wants to end their life badly enough they'll do it.

So again, what are your thoughts? Should the British court allow this to go forward? What if this were you? What do you feel the right thing to do is?

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