Monday, September 21, 2009

Death with Dignity Clarity in Britain.

Debbie Purdy, a British patient with Multiple Sclerosis, won a case in June that allows her to seek assisted suicide without the threat that her partner, Omar, will be prosecuted for his assistance.

This week, the House of Lords hopes to clarify their policy:

The director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer, has drawn up an interim policy aimed at clarifying the law for people who want to die and are assisted by a "compassionate partner".

"This policy will cover assisted suicide wherever it takes place, including in England and Wales," Starmer told the Guardian. "It's a question of steering the right line between protecting the vulnerable, and not prosecuting in those cases where most members of the public would think it really isn't appropriate to prosecute."

Starmer hopes the new guidelines will help to clarify the Purdy ruling and lay clear regulations for those who assist terminal loved ones to hasten their death.

More on Kier Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions, here.

More from the "pro-life" side of things from Wesley J. Smith who loves democracy until the public oppose his views and from John Smeaton, director of the British Society for the Protection of Unborn Children and a party in the case against Debbie Purdy.

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