The No10 Petition against the legalisation of assisted suicide
It had been assumed that the ‘clarification’ announced by the Director of Public Prosecutions would apply only to those who helped relatives to travel abroad in order to end their lives in places where assisted dying is legal. But yesterday, Keir Starmer said the new rules would apply to those who help people take their lives in the UK as well.
Ms Dorries said: “The Law Lords called for clarification of the existing law; they did not call for Keir Starmer to assume undemocratic legislative powers and create new law.”
She added: “Whilst a few may feel that they would personally benefit should assisted suicide become legal, many more would be subjected to an unbearable pressure and worry over which they would have no control.”
In order to assist Ms Dorries, and to express something of the strength of opinion that exists to oppose this sinister ‘clarification’, Cranmer exhorts all of his readers and communicants to sign the No10 petition for the law to remain unchanged.
Until last week, there were only several petitions calling for assisted suicide to be made legal. But now there is one arguing to the contrary. It says:
"We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to retain the law that makes it a criminal offence to assist another person to commit suicide".
The author, Tony Bennett, explains:
“The law currently makes it a criminal offence to assist another person to commit suicide. There has been a stream of media stories about British people travelling to Dignitas in Switzerland to be killed because they wish to end their lives. These are all very tragic stories. However, it is important to note that in recent years no-one in Britain has been prosecuted for taking their relatives to Switzerland to die, or in respect of other cases of assisted suicide in the U.K. But to decriminalise assisted suicide would - as many commentators have observed - make many elderly people vulnerable to relatives who may have ulterior motives for wishing them to die early. The law as it is acts as a deterrent to those wishing to assist a relative to die early. There is therefore a very strong case NOT to change the law, despite the increasing clamour in some quarters for assisted suicide to be made legal.”
Let the strength of feeling be heard the length and breadth of the land: life is sacred; it is the gift of God; it is not for man to terminate or to assist his fellow man in the termination thereof, for that is to defile what is holy and offend against the created order.