|Baroness Jane Campbell|
Hostility towards disabled and elderly in wake of recession means it would be a ‘dangerous time’ to consider changing law no assisted suicide.
The threat to frail elderly and disabled people from relatives tempted to get rid of them under the guise of euthanasia has grown “dramatically” in the wake of the economic downturn, one of Britain’s most prominent disability campaigners has claimed.An article written by John Bingham and published in the Telegraph states that Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, issued an impassioned plea in the House of Lords against moves to further relax Britain’s laws on assisted suicide. The article reported that:
The guidelines drawn up by the former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer four years ago signal that people who assist a loved one to take their own life out of compassion are unlikely to be prosecuted.
Baroness Jay, the Labour peer, who tabled the debate on the prosecution guidelines, argued that the current law is “ambiguous”.
Later this year peers are also due to debate a private member’s bill tabled by Lord Falconer, the Labour former Lord Chancellor, to legalise so-called “assisted dying” in Britain for the first time.
She said the rules could be exploited by people who lie to police about a relative’s intentions after they have apparently taken their own life.