The Peaceful Pill eHandbook Falling Foul of Assisted Suicide Laws
A significant grey area continues to exist regarding assisted suicide laws, with courts and lawyers unable to give clear and concise answers of what’s illegal and what’s not. As a result, well-intentioned people fall foul of the law.
In 2015 for example, the Irish authorities prosecuted 43-year old Dublin woman, Gail O’Rorke, for attempting to buy her friend, MS sufferer Bernadette Forde, a one-way ticket to Switzerland (for an assisted suicide at a clinic there). The public prosecutor argued that this was an act of suicide assistance. Gail would be the first person ever to be charged with assisting a suicide in Ireland. Fortunately, the jury in Dublin’s Criminal Court disagreed with the prosecution, and Gail was found ‘not guilty’. However, the State had made its point.
Gai l O’Rorke has since written a book detailing her experience at the hands of the Irish criminal justice system, Crime or Compassion? One woman’s story of a loving friendship that knew no bounds (Hatchett Books).