New legal guidelines terminally ill patients
Posted on 8:44am Saturday 27th Feb 2010
Guidelines issued by the English Director of Public Prosecutions, make it clear that someone acting out of compassion to help a terminally ill patient with a clear, settled and informed wish to die was unlikely to face the courts.
But persuading or pressuring the victim to kill themselves, or benefiting from their death, would encourage prosecution.
The English Courts have gone on record by saying the law in this area needs to be amended by parliament.