British woman is given go ahead to clarify law on assisted suicide

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 19 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1394
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A British woman with multiple sclerosis is to go to the High Court in October to seek assurance that her husband will not be prosecuted if he helps her travel to Switzerland to end her life.

Debbie Purdy, 45, was given the go ahead last week to apply for a judicial review of the refusal by the director of public prosecutions, Ken Macdonald, to spell out any official policy on prosecuting relatives and friends who assist a loved one who commits suicide in Switzerland. Assisted suicide is legal there, and some 92 terminally ill British people have been helped to …

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