- Lord Mackay of Clashfern, who was Lord Chancellor under Margaret Thatcher
- Baroness Butler-Sloss, the former president of the Family Division
- Lord Brennan QC, a deputy High Court judge
- Lord Carlile QC, the government's independent reviewer of anti-terrorism laws; and
- Lord Elystan-Morgan, a former solicitor.
Their letter reads (in part):
"The State has a fundamental duty to protect the lives of its citizens ... What is now being suggested — a regime for exonerating assistance with suicide in advance of the act and removal of the CPS’s right to investigate after the event — would disturb this balance in favour of persons who might be inclined to encourage and assist others with suicide for other than altruistic reasons."The coming together of these senior legal figures with such disparate views reflects the widespread opposition to the proposed amendments. Please tell members of the House of Lords about this letter when you contact them about the amendments - please see SPUC's action alert of 6 June.
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