|Diane Pretty "dies in the way she always feared"|
The law eventually saw sense, and the criminal offense of suicide was abolished some 50 years ago. These days when an attempted suicide ends up in a&e they will probably find themselves treated in the same manner that a drunk would...a&e staff don't particularly care for any self inflicted condition, no matter what it is. Despite this, the state does recognise its duty of care for these people, and they will be assessed by a Psych doctor.
This is where the old law against suicide rears its ugly head again. In modern Britain you won't find yourself before a court, but you will find yourself locked away. To the patient, there isn't much of a difference between prison and a mental health unit. However, as is so often the case with modern society, this is the least worst option. Future generations will look back on the way we treat our mentally ill in the same way we look back at the old law of suicide.
|Debbie Purdy...won the right to know if her |
husband would be prosecuted
Some would like to see the rights evolve once more. No longer will suicide be something that has to be done under the cover of darkness, or in a secluded locked room. No longer will notes have to be the only way of saying goodbye. No longer will families be left wondering why, and no longer will innocent passers by be haunted by images of death.
In future, some would hope, we would be able to talk over our decision with family, and sort out our affairs. We would be able to share our last moments with our family gathered around us, in a dignified and painless manner. We would be able to be remembered as a strong person who took control of their life, and ensured that the memories of their last moments are not unpleasant for anyone.
Or...we could end up with a society that doesn't tollerate "imperfection", or "weakness"...and that those people who need our support the most will be burdened with the shame of "not having done the honorable thing".
I don't know which side i am on. I suspect the only people who truly understand is the Purdys and Prettys of this world.