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Assisted Suicide

Nola Leach interviewed on BBC’s Today programme on assisted suicide

2 July 2019

Our chief executive, Nola Leach was interviewed on the Today programme today, sharing her personal story about her husband’s death and why she’s glad there has been no change in the law on assisted suicide.

Listen to Nola talking to John Humphrys

The current law has a 'stern face with a kind heart'

Helping to kill someone is currently illegal under the 1961 Suicide Act and punishable by up to 14 years in prison if found guilty.

Baroness Finlay has said that the existing law has a ‘stern face and a kind heart’. At CARE, we support the existing law, which protects the vulnerable from pressure to die.

Growing pressure on MPs to change the law

There is increasing pressure on MPs to legalise some form of assisted suicide, with advocates arguing this is line with changing public opinions.

This week, MPs will be holding a backbench business debate on Thursday on assisted suicide and discussing whether the current law should change.


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Where assisted suicide is legal, it makes vulnerable people feel like a burden. CARE works to uphold laws that protect those people, and to assist them to live—not to commit suicide.

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