Sunday, March 22, 2009

Another EU post on assisted-suicide: UK

BBC reports that former health secretary Patricia Hewitt is urging MPs to change the law to allow people to take terminally ill patients abroad for assisted suicide.
The proposed amendment amendment to the Coroners and Justice Bill would protect Britons seeking assisted suicide abroad from prosecution--i.e., the surviving spouse, relative, friend who help the patient to reach a jurisdiction in which assisted-suicide is not against the law. To date, more than 700 Britons are members of Dignitas, the Swiss organization that helps mentally competent patients to terminate their lives.
The initiative originates from the Purdy case. In October multiple sclerosis patient Debbie Purdy, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, lost a High Court case in which she wanted a guarantee from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) that her husband would not be prosecuted for murder if he assisted her death in Dignitas.

Here is a radio interview.

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