The legalisation of euthanasia in the Netherlands began with a decision not to prosecute certain kinds of cases. There is a real danger that a similar thing might now happen in the United Kingdom.
The Director of Public Prosecutions has recently issued guidance about when he will prosecute cases of “assisting” suicide. These currently include explicit reference to disability and to terminal or degenerative health conditions as reasons not to prosecute. People with disability are thus categorised as less worthy of protection. Happily the guidance is only provisional and he is currently consulting to see what people think.
Please act now by expressing your opposition to the principle of guidelines on assisted suicide and send it in and then send this message to others who might do the same. The average government consultation gets only around 500 submissions so every individual submission counts (even if you have also been involved in an organisation’s submission).
You can send a letter or e-mail to the Assisted Suicide Policy Team, expressing your concern and opposition to these guidelines. Write to:
The Assisted Suicide Policy Team
Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters
50 Ludgate Hill
DEADLINE: 15th DECEMBER 2009