The government has stated it will change the law to make it illegal to promote suicide on web sites.
The Suicide Act 1961 makes it illegal “aid, abet, counsel, or procure” in a suicide attempt, i.e it is illegal to help somebody to commit suicide.
Section 2 of the Act states that:
“A person who aids, abets, counsels or procures the suicide of another, or an attempt by another to commit suicide, shall be liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years.”
It is no longer illegal to actually commit suicide (contrary to popular myth), and Section 1 of the 1961 Act makes that very clear – “The rule of law whereby it is a crime for a person to commit suicide is hereby abrogated.”
One of the people calling for the change in the law is MP John Robertson, the Labour MP for Glasgow North West
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