Deputy's assisted dying comments 'abhorrent and archaic'
A DEPUTY has stood by comments he made in a clash with assisted dying campaigners, despite his words being described as ‘abhorrent, disgusting and archaic’.
Pro-assisted dying protesters were lobbying deputies as they came into the Royal Court this morning.
Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher, when asked to support the assisted dying requete, told campaigners ‘If you want to kill yourself, you can do so now,’ adding, that ‘there’s a number of people I’d like to assist in dying, but they would object’.
He defended his comments at lunchtime, saying that ‘suicide is not a criminal offence, that is a fact of life’.
‘I don’t agree with involving another person, especially a medical practitioner, in the process for a whole number of reasons.’
Campaigner Sarah Griffith said his comments were ‘disgusting’.
Fellow protester Ross Haines added: ‘This is about giving terminally ill people to end their lives on their terms and what Jan said was frankly abhorrent.’