Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Make Suicide Law 'Fit for the 21st Century'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Make Suicide Law 'Fit for the 21st Century'

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THE law on assisted suicide should be made "appropriate for the 21st century", right-to-die campaigner Debbie Purdy said yesterday as prosecutors began work on new guidelines following her landmark legal win.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferer Ms Purdy said the historic House of Lords ruling backing her call for a policy statement on when prosecutions over assisted suicide would be brought would provide key safeguards to protect the vulnerable.

But she said she would continue her campaign to force a change in the law and pledged to play a full role in the debate.

Ms Purdy took her case to the Lords because she wants to know what would happen to her Cuban husband Omar Puente if he helped her travel abroad to end her life.

The couple were at the House of Lords on Thursday to hear five Law Lords unanimously back her call for a policy statement from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the circumstances in which a person such as Mr Puente might face prosecution for helping a loved one end his or her life abroad. …

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