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Right to Die – s2(1) Suicide Act 1961

Comment 7th July 2010

As the law currently stands it is an offence to 'aid, abet, counsel or procure the suicde of another'. 

This has the effect of criminalising those who assists a person, who is physically unable to end their own life, to commit suicide.  As suicide is not illegal and is essentially part of an individuals right to autonomous conduct, this is arguably discriminatory against disabled persons – in particular the terminally ill.

Surely we have the right to die with some dignity?

Why does this matter?

This needs to be looked at – it is incompatible with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and criminalises people who are already going through one of the most difficult experiences imaginable.  Please put this right and guarantee the citizen the choice of a dignified death.

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