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Disability campaigners ask Court of Appeal to examine assisted suicide policy change

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Issued by the Christian Legal Centre


Media Notice
For immediate release
16 January 2017
Court hearing
Court 67
Royal Courts of Justice, London

Disability campaigners ask Court of Appeal to examine assisted suicide policy change 

Disability campaigners will tomorrow (17 JAN) ask the Court of Appeal to examine whether the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) acted lawfully in changing prosecution policy in cases of assisted suicide.

Merv and Nikki Kenward are seeking permission to appeal a High Court ruling handed down in December 2015.

Mrs Kenward, who was left paralysed and only able to blink her right eye by Guillain-Barre Syndrome in 1990, said that the High Court's decision was "bizarre" and "leaves vulnerable people at risk from dodgy doctors."

DPP Alison Saunders amended the prosecution policy for assisted suicide in 2014.

Mr and Mrs Kenward say that the change in wording makes it less likely that healthcare professionals will be prosecuted for assisting suicide.

"On behalf of the disabled, elderly, terminally ill and others who are vulnerable, we will continue the fight for a reversal of this deceptive and dangerous liberalisation of prosecution policy," Mrs Kenward said.

The application is scheduled to be heard by Lord Justices Longmore and Kitchin in Court 67 at the Royal Courts of Justice at 09:45 on TUE 17 JAN.

Mr and Mrs Kenward are supported by the Christian Legal Centre.


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