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A woman with multiple sclerosis is due to find out whether the Law Lords have backed her bid to clarify the law on assisted suicide.
Debbie Purdy, 46, from Bradford, is considering going to Switzerland to end her life, but fears her husband may be charged on his return to the UK.
She wants an assurance her husband, Omar Puente, will not be prosecuted.
Although no-one has been prosecuted in such circumstances, they could potentially face 14 years in prison.
Assisted suicide is the process by which an individual, who may otherwise be incapable, is provided with the means (drugs or equipment) to commit suicide. In some cases, the terms aid in dying or death with dignity are preferred. These terms are often used to draw a distinction from suicide; in some legal jurisdictions, "suicide" (whether assisted or not) remains illegal, while "aid in dying" is permitted.
The term euthanasia refers to an act that ends a life in a painless manner, performed by someone other than the patient. This may include withholding common treatments resulting in death, removal of the patient from life support, or the use of lethal substances or forces to end the life of the patient.
A woman with multiple sclerosis has made legal history by winning her battle to have the law on assisted suicide clarified.
Debbie Purdy, 46, from Bradford, is considering going to Switzerland to end her life.
She went to the House of Lords because she feared her husband, Omar Puente, could be prosecuted for helping her.
Originally posted by hardamber
Right to die today.
Mandatory euthenasia tomorrow.
Originally posted by TSOM87
"people should be able to end the pain legally" So what you going to say to the heroin addict or alcoholic who want to die? or what about the people who are depressed and want to kill them selfs? You can't say yes to some people and say no to other people!
Thats what it will turn into, mabay not right away but it will.
Originally posted by stumason
reply to post by TSOM87
You do realise this court case is to do with legality of helping someone commit suicide in a foreign country where it is legal? A very specific query relating directly to loved ones who wish to be there during your final moments. This really has nothing to do with the act of suicide at all. Stop banging on about drug addicts, you're like a stuck record.