With respect to Rabbi Daniel Levy’s comments on assisted suicide ( JC, October 2), I cannot agree that the draft policy recently to emerge from the DPP as a means of clarification of the law represents either a step to legalise assisted suicide or a society where “if people are no longer ‘productive’ they are perceived to have no value.”
The purpose of the draft policy, (while emphasising that assisted suicide remains a criminal offence, punishable by up to 14 years’ imprisonment) is to clarify the circumstances under which a person can be expected to be prosecuted when they assist others to die.
It does not permit the elderly or those who are perceived to have valueless lives to be afforded a premature death by unscrupulous family and friends; on the contrary, the policy allows those who suffer from terminal illnesses or serious degenerative disease the freedom to call a halt to their own suffering.
The Abortion Act 1967 does not sanction reckless foetus destruction and if assisted suicide is ever legalised I have no doubt Parliament will ensure that sanctity of life is preserved. Claudia Carr firstname.lastname@example.org