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Debbie Purdy lodges appeal with House of Lords to prevent husband’s prosecution in assisted suicide case

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 05 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2298
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. 1BMJ

    Debbie Purdy, who wants her husband to accompany her to Switzerland for an assisted suicide without fear of prosecution, took her case to the United Kingdom’s highest court, the House of Lords, for a final appeal this week.

    Ms Purdy, who has progressive multiple sclerosis, scored an important victory on the first day of the two day hearing, when the director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer, conceded that article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the right to respect for private life, applies to cases like hers.

    Up to that point the Director of Public Prosecutions had argued, following the House of Lords judgment in the similar case of …

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