Euthanasia

Euthanasia

The new guidelines published today by the Public Prosecutor Keir Starmer on the construction of the law on the right to life “undermine the ban on committing assisted suicide”: this is claimed by Paul Tully, Secretary General of the “Society for the protection of the unborn children”, one of England’s most important pro-life associations.

“As a matter of fact, the new policy makes assisted suicide no longer a crime in a wide range of circumstances”, Tully explained to SIR. “The starting point of the new guidelines is a person’s will to commit suicide which must be respected. Conversely, a person who wishes to commit suicide should be helped keep on living instead of dieing. This concession to the victim’s will to die is the most important one the pro-euthanasia lobby was trying to obtain”.

According to the Secretary General, “the fact the Public Prosecutor did not listen to most of the answers – against euthanasia – that have been sent to him during the consultation on the guidelines is worrying”. The new guidelines have been published in response to a ruling of the House of Lords in favour of Debbie Purdy, affected by multiple sclerosis, asking whether her husband would be charged if he had helped her die.