Starmer is quoted as saying:
A change in the law could bring "greater clarity," but it was up to Parliament to decide on any amendment. ...
"The Daniel James case demonstrates that the current law is workable.
"If the law is changed it may bring greater clarity, but it's a matter of speculation as to what any change would be.
"Whether there is to be a change in the law is a matter for Parliament not for me."
It is correct for a director of public prosecutions to explain why he has made certain decisions, it is not correct for him to suggest that a change in the law would bring greater clarity.
Dr. Peter Saunders of the Care Not Killing Alliance told the Daily Mail that:
'Assisted suicide is a very serious crime and I don't think anybody should be lulled into believing it is all right to assist a suicide. Prosecution is at the discretion of the DPP.
'But we must be extremely aware of the risk of the slippery slope and of the influence of the very well orchestrated campaign for assisted suicide.'
'We have to be aware of the huge danger of people being pressured into feeling themselves a burden, and of people with disabilities putting pressure on their families to help them commit suicide.'
The sad reality about the case of Daniel James is that he lacked the support he needed to be re-assured of the value of his life, and not abandoned to his negative thoughts and depressive mood about his future. Daniel James was injured during a Rugby match, leaving him paralysed.
It is understandable that someone who has experienced significant paralysis will question their purpose in life, but when that person is re-assured and supported by a caring community that does not consider his/her life to be a burden, then they will usually change their mind.
James died too soon after his accident to be given the opportunity to realize that his life had hope.
Alison Davis, the leader of the disability rights group - No Less Human, is the prime example of the need for a supportive community.
Alison had attempted suicide several times and thought that she had no hope in her life. In time, she found a supportive community and she has proven that her life not only has value but that she could be incredibly productive and be happy.
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