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SPUC to intervene in assisted suicide case

11 June 2008

SPUC to intervene in assisted suicide case London, 11 June 2008 - Leading anti-euthanasia and pro-life campaigning group the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has announced that it is seeking to intervene in the case of Debbie Purdy, a lady with multiple sclerosis who is seeking an assurance that her husband will not be prosecuted if he assists her suicide.

According to media reports, Mrs Purdy wants to know if her husband will be liable to prosecution if he helps her to travel to Europe to commit suicide.

The High Court in London today agreed to grant Mrs Purdy a judicial review hearing at a later date.

SPUC has been at the forefront of the campaign against euthanasia and assisted suicide in the UK for a number of years.

SPUC led an intervention in the 2002 case brought by Mrs Dianne Pretty, who was seeking automatic exoneration of her husband should he bring about her death.

A number of pro-life groups, medical ethics groups and disability rights organizations supported the intervention.

Mrs Pretty lost her case. She subsequently died peacefully.

SPUC has also campaigned in relation to other cases where the right to life of disabled people has been undermined - such as the deliberate killing of Down's baby John Pearson in 1981 and the young brain-injured football fan, Tony Bland, who was starved by court order in 1993.

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