Suicide Tourism Booming In Switzerland

Flag of Switzerland (Pantone)If you’re desperate for assistance in ending your life, Switzerland is your best bet, per this report from Bloomberg News:

Switzerland is the destination of choice for people from abroad who want to die. The office of the country’s top legal official is pushing to change that.

While assisted suicide is permitted in the Netherlands, Belgium and the U.S. states of Oregon, Washington and Montana, only Switzerland allows doctors to help foreigners end their lives. More than 25 percent of the 380 assisted suicides in Switzerland during 2009 involved foreigners, most of whom died after drinking water laced with a lethal dose of barbiturates.

Former Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, who was replaced by Simonetta Sommaruga in November, has proposed making the practice more difficult by demanding oversight by doctors who aren’t connected with one of the country’s four right-to-die organizations. Assisted suicide has been legal in Switzerland since 1942.

“Those Swiss politicians who want to change the rules on assisted suicide behave like moral apostles,” said Margrit Weibel, president of Zurich-based suicide organization Ex International. “They are backward-looking people, entangled in the Christian belief that human beings don’t have the right to make decisions on when to end their lives.”…

[continues at Bloomberg News]

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  • Anonymous

    Im. so sorry, this article of course does not need my rants right now, still, I heard this from Woody Allen’s Manhatten last night…

    WA: -What are you doing on Saturday?
    Girl: – I’m comitting suicide.
    WA:- What about Friday..?

  • gondolfin

    Im. so sorry, this article of course does not need my rants right now, still, I heard this from Woody Allen’s Manhatten last night…

    WA: -What are you doing on Saturday?
    Girl: – I’m comitting suicide.
    WA:- What about Friday..?

    • Ironaddict06

      Funny. I have not heard that one before.

  • Ironaddict06

    Funny. I have not heard that one before.

  • WhiteRose

    Quality of life not quantity…. As Frank said I did it my way :)

  • WhiteRose

    Quality of life not quantity…. As Frank said I did it my way :)

  • Bud Bundy

    The right to die is fundamental in some cases. Would you counsel a terminal patient who lives in agony to not end his life in a somewhat dignified way? Or should he end his life bed ridden pooping and pissing into a can, helpless while “Doctors” “do whatever they can”

  • Bud Bundy

    The right to die is fundamental in some cases. Would you counsel a terminal patient who lives in agony to not end his life in a somewhat dignified way? Or should he end his life bed ridden pooping and pissing into a can, helpless while “Doctors” “do whatever they can”

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