Win Crew: Why I Want Reg's Law; Widow Calls for Euthanasia Legislation to Be a Memorial to Husband's Death

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Win Crew: Why I Want Reg's Law; Widow Calls for Euthanasia Legislation to Be a Memorial to Husband's Death


Byline: Deborah James

THE widow of Reg Crew, who committed assisted suicide in Switzerland a year ago today, has called for any law legalising euthanasia to be named after her husband.

Speaking on the eve of the anniversary of her husband's death, former librarian Win Crew told the Daily Post: ``I think it should be called `Reg's law'.

``It has always upset me that we didn't have a proper funeral for Reg and he hasn't got a proper headstone or marker that people will remember him by.

``My daughter Jan says his marker will be that his name will go down in history.

``It is because of people like Reg that this whole deba te has become so high profile and I think it would be a fitting tribute to name the law after him.''

Mrs Crew, who still lives in the Hunts Cross, Liverpool, bung a low where she nursed her husband through his last agonising years, is spending today in private mourning with daughter Jan, 42 and close family.

The pair flew to Switzerland with Mr Crew, 74,last January 20 where he was given a lethal dose of barbiturates by suicide society Dignitas.

The whole journey was filmed and broadcast a week later on ITV's Tonight with Trevor Macdonald show.

A former docker and keen golfer, Mr Crew had been reduced to spending the last six months of his life paralysed from the neck down in the same chair, unable to lie down,go to the ba throom,or feed himself.

Before he died, a desperate Mr Crew told how he had been robb ed of his dignity by the degenerative disease motor neurone,and beg ged for help from doctors, saying: ``I'm scared of living,not dying.''

The anniversary his death comes the day after it was revealed in the Daily Post that David Blunkett is prepared to be persuaded that euthanasia should be legalised if tough safeguards were built in to a proposed new law.

The surprise comments came just days after the House of Lords voted to launch a detailed enquiry into changing the law to allow ``mercy killings'' for the terminally ill.

Mr Crew's widow Win , 72, made a promise to him on his death bed that she would campaign for a change in the law, and has called for a referendum on the issue several times. …

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