Thursday, 25 February 2010

Snapshot on Public Opinion on Assisted Suicide

Keir Stamer, QC Director of Public Prosecution published a policy on assisted suicide on the 25th of February. Nearly 5000 responses were received by the Crown Prosecution Service following a consultation started in September. The report on the consultation exercise is available here. In the words of Mr. Stamer, "The policy is now more focused on the motivation of the suspect rather than the characteristics of the victim. The policy does not change the law on assisted suicide. It does not open the door for euthanasia. It does not override the will of Parliament. What it does is to provide a clear framework for prosecutors to decide which cases should proceed to court and which should not". The full policy is available here.


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