Victory for woman in assisted suicide legal battle
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/jul/30/debbie-purdy-assisted-suicide-judgementBritian's highest court issued a historic judgment today that could finally remove the fear of prosecution from people who travel abroad to support relatives seeking an assisted suicide.
In a unanimous ruling, the law lords ordered the director of public prosecutions to immediately draw up a policy that would spell out when prosecutions would and would not be pursued.
The ruling was strongly in favour of Debbie Purdy, 46, who has multiple sclerosis and who has been fighting to protect her husband should he accompany her to a clinic in Switzerland that specialises in euthanasia. She had argued that the law was unclear and uncertainty surrounding the issue breached her human rights.
A victory for common sense, I hope most people will agree.
Not surprisingly the Mail is already at battle stations mode with its 'Britain one step closer to legitimising assisted suicide' big font front page headline... Never mind that the law hasn't clarified yet what can or cannot be done and could actually go against the concept of assisted suicide :rolleyes: