There is a case being heard at Lewis Crown Court currently, which touches me closely. The the case is about charges of murder against the mother of Lynn Gilderdale, aged 32, and whether she is guilty in helping her daughter to commit suicide, by injecting her with morphine she had supplied.
Lynn was unable to speak or eat having suffered from ME for many years which started the day after she had the regular school vaccination for TB. This is a case which touches me very closely because I run a website which tells people to change their diet to tackle ME http://fatigue.wikispaces.com. I had ME once very badly. At one point I thought, for about 30 awful, slightly "mad" seconds about how jumping off a London bridge would be pleasant compared with the torture of going on with it. But I decided that it would be a sin, a defiance of God's commands against taking life and a denial of faith. I recovered. I know the issues and impossible situation of the family and of Lynn. But I am concerned that if Kate Gilderdale , Lynn's mother is let off "scott free", this will endanger the lives of other completely dependent patients, who do not see suicide as a mortal sin, who, in the longer run would get better.
On the other hand, in view of the terrible marginalisation of ME patients, the suffering of their families, the lack of knowledge and interest of the medical profession; in view of the dreadful treatment of graded exercise which the NHS pushes on some people, after which apparently Lynn got worse; in view of the fact that few people with ME do change their lifestyle (instead trusting in some "scientific discovery" to solve their terrible illness), suicide could be seen as the only way out of a depth of suffering (and horrible malaise and brain dysfunction for the patient) which in some cases, it is not possible to endure for a lifetime.