Debbie Purdy

Debbie has had a varied career combining travelling the world with earning a living.  This has included waitressing in Norway, dancing in Japan, campaigning in Hong Kong, marketing in the UK and freelance journalism and writing.  Debbie came back to the UK in 1997 when her mother became ill and remained here after her death.

Debbie became interested in the issue of assisted dying during Diane Pretty’s legal battle for the choice of assisted dying a decade ago.  Debbie then became an active member and a Board member of the campaigning organisation Dignity in Dying before she gave up her place on the Board to pursue her legal case to clarify the existing law.  Debbie won this case in June 2009 and awaits the Director of Public prosecutions interim policy on what will be prosecuted in cases of assisting suicide as the law stands.  This policy will be followed by a full consultation.  Debbie’s victory has transformed the landscape of assisted dying.  During this legal battle Debbie has featured on every major UK news channel and in news around the world as well as in many newspapers and publications.

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