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Legitimate compassion or compassionate legitimation? Reflections on the policy for prosecutors in respect of cases of encouraging or assisting suicide

Legitimate compassion or compassionate legitimation? Reflections on the policy for prosecutors in respect of cases of encouraging or assisting suicide
Legitimate compassion or compassionate legitimation? Reflections on the policy for prosecutors in respect of cases of encouraging or assisting suicide
This commentary explores the background to, and implications of, the recently published Director of Public Prosecutions guidelines for prosecutors in respect of cases of encouraging or assisting suicide. It considers the extent of the provisions and questions the legitimacy of their focus on the compassionate motivation of the assistant, and the apparent prohibition on healthcare professionals providing such help. It concludes by suggesting that a permissive change in the law would provide better safeguards for those who seek assisted dying.
0966-3622
83-92
Biggs, Hazel
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Biggs, Hazel
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Biggs, Hazel (2011) Legitimate compassion or compassionate legitimation? Reflections on the policy for prosecutors in respect of cases of encouraging or assisting suicide. Feminist Legal Studies, 19 (1), 83-92. (doi:10.1007/s10691-011-9165-6).

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This commentary explores the background to, and implications of, the recently published Director of Public Prosecutions guidelines for prosecutors in respect of cases of encouraging or assisting suicide. It considers the extent of the provisions and questions the legitimacy of their focus on the compassionate motivation of the assistant, and the apparent prohibition on healthcare professionals providing such help. It concludes by suggesting that a permissive change in the law would provide better safeguards for those who seek assisted dying.

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Published date: April 2011
Organisations: Southampton Law School

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Local EPrints ID: 204615
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/204615
ISSN: 0966-3622
PURE UUID: 21b28f9e-2f71-417b-b9b3-68e3b464447b

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Date deposited: 30 Nov 2011 15:18
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:06

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