Posted by: Witch Doctor | February 26, 2010

Assisted suicide – the next test case?

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If you wanted to test the robustness of the law regarding euthanasia (murder, attempted murder, manslaughter) or assisted suicide then it seems reasonable to choose situations where the generation of pubic ‘compassion’ might be used as a tool.

It appears there may be such a case pending.

Who would be so lacking in compassion that they would put an 83 year old, who may have been acting through compassion, through court and a prison sentence?

Eh?

This arrest took place after the interim guidelines were released last year.

GP, 83, HELD OVER ASSISTED SUICIDE

“A RETIRED Scottish GP who advised an academic on how to kill herself was last night released on bail by police after six hours of interrogation.

Dr Libby Wilson was the first person to be arrested since the publication of new guidelines on assisted suicide and she accused the authorities of an “appalling waste of public money and police time and effort”.

The retired doctor, 83, is a right who runs the organisation Friends at the End, which advises terminally ill people how to take their own lives, as well as helping to arrange trips to Dignitas, the Swiss clinic”

FORMER GP, 83 ARRRESTED BY POLICE IN RIGHT-TO-DIE CASE

“Under current legislation, Dr Wilson, who made the 450-mile journey from her home in Glasgow over the weekend, could face a maximum jail sentence of 14 years.

A police spokesman said: ‘An 83-year-old woman attended Woking Police Station this morning by appointment.

‘She was arrested in connection with the death of Cari Loder.’

Announcing the changes on Thursday, Mr Starmer stated that charges should not be brought if the person who dies has a ‘clear, settled and informed wish to commit suicide’ but people who put pressure on somebody or gain financially will face prosecution.

The move came after the Law Lords backed multiple sclerosis sufferer Debbie Purdy’s call for a policy statement on whether people who help someone kill themselves should be prosecuted.

More than 100 Britons have ended their lives at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland, but until recently, friends or relatives who accompany them have not known if they are going to face prosecution.

A man in his 70s from the Godalming area of Surrey, and a man in his 50s from West London, have already been arrested on suspicion of helping Ms Loder end her life.”

LIBBY WILSON – VOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA NEWSLETTER PROFILE

“Her interest in v.e came into sharper focus when her husband died in 1977. He had been a professor of medicine and knew exactly what was happening when he was dying of stomach cancer. The heroic surgery failed. Before this, working as a part-time G.P. for 18 years, Libby rarely came into close contact with death. But human issues had always concerned her. She can feel justifiably proud of fighting the good fight on women’s issues where she has worked in community care, providing support for prostitutes and rape victims and, in the area of her especial expertise, contraceptive advice. Controversy is no stranger to her and she hopes she lives to see v.e. reform.”

“Regretfully, Dr Wilson was expelled from the society after a referendum from the members. She is no longer a member.”

Yes, My Black Cat, playing the Compassion Ace Card in unintended ways could ultimately cause the legal system as we now know it to tilt on its axis.

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Responses

  1. And she’s Scottish, so lots of coverage of the case in Scotland just as we are debating an assisted suicide bill. A convenient martyr?

  2. […] ASSISTED SUICIDE – THE NEXT TEST CASE? […]


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