Target: Speaker of the House of United Kingdom Parliament John Bercow
Goal: Legalize assisted suicide in the United Kingdom
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom struck down a right-to-die case, but is challenging parliament and other judges to revise suicide laws for patients who wish to die. Currently patients who have to undergo assisted suicide must travel to Switzerland, as committing such an act in the United Kingdom results in 14 years in prison. The Supreme Court says that denying assisted suicide to patients is in violation of human rights, and is enlisting Parliament to revise the law or asking judges to step in.
The case that was brought to the Supreme Court was from Jane Nicklinson, who is the widow of right-to-die campaigner Tony Nicklinson and Paul Lamb, who suffered devastating injuries in a car accident that requires him to take daily morphine. Seven out of the nine justices ruled against the case; however, five of the justices did state that current suicide laws violate human rights. Lord Neuberger, president of the Supreme Court, did state that Parliament now has a chance to revise suicide laws.
Paul Lamb was disappointed and angry after he heard the verdict. He is in constant pain and according to the doctors, his medical condition is irreversible. He wanted to die with the assistance of a medical professional. Another claimant on the case known as Martin suffered a brain-stem stroke six years ago, leaving him unable to move or speak. He is only able to communicate via a computer that detects his eye movement.
While judges can still decide about whether a patient can die, Parliament still has a chance to decide if someone is allowed to die via medical assistance. People have the right to live, but people should also have the right to decide how they will die, and you can help these people by signing this petition.
Dear John Bercow,
As you are aware, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom denied Paul Lamb the right to die via assisted suicide. No doubt this was a devastating blow to him and other right-to-die campaigners, but I am writing this letter to encourage Parliament to revise their suicide laws.
Dogs and other animals are given euthanasia when it is time for them to go and we do not even consult them about it. I do not understand why humans who have communicated their desire to end their lives with the help of a medical professional cannot do the same. The right to die should be as sacred as the right to live. I am asking Parliament to revise these laws for the people who are suffering and want to end their lives.
[Your Name Here]
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