Debbie Purdy took her case all the way to the High Court in the UK so that the Director of the Public Prosecutions would be required to clarify British law regarding helping someone travel outside of Britain to perform suicide.

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Ms. Purdy suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, and wishes to travel to Switzerland were it’s legal to perform a suicide of this nature. She wants to know if her husband, Omar Puentes of Cuba, will be prosecuted for helping her to do this.

The law in question declares aiding and abetting suicide is a criminal offence punishable by up to 14 years in prison. The DPP claims that the law has sufficient clarity despite the fact that it does not address assisted suicides.

Ms. Purdy believes that if they will not clarify the issue, she will be forced to seek a suicide procedure earlier, so that she can do it on her own. She would like to put it off for as long as she can, but does not want to put her husband at risk.

So far, no family members of the 100 British citizens who have gone out of country to get a suicide have been prosecuted. Purdy’s attorneys say that her husband could still be at substantial risk.

Still, Lord Justice Scott Baker and Mr Justice Aiken ruled at London’s High Court that the DDP is not required to provide further guidance regarding the law.

This case demonstrates the complexity of the issue. There is no “easy? answer to this controversial subject. Personally, I think life is not something that should be easily set aside. LIFE IS SACRED. Still, my sympathies go out to this lady and her family, and to others like her.

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