Thursday, July 30, 2009
A Major Step Forward for Right-to-Die Movement in Britain
Debbie Purdy * Dr. Anne Turner * Craig Ewert * Daniel James * Sir Robert and Lady Downes
Report in the Guardian, Thursday 30 July 2009:
Britian'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.
Other notable cases of British citizens who elected euthanasia:
Dr. Anne Turner
Sir Edward Downes and Lady Downes
Do not lose control over this very important decision.
How We Die : Reflections on Life's Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland,MD, Vintage Paperback
On Death and Dying by Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, The MacMillan Co.
Final Exit by Derek Humphrey, Dell Publishing
Euthanasia and the Right to Die edited by A.B. Dowling, Peter Owen, London
For a Living Will to accomplish this, especially in Advanced Dementia, see www.MyWayCards.com.
The thought that occurs is how many terminally ill people can "refuse food and fluid". And what about being fed intravenously?