Founder of Dignitas cleared of charges; doctors OKed to help in assisted suicide in Switzerland

By Michael Cook The founder of Switzerland’s best known assisted suicide group, Dignitas, has been cleared of charges of “profiteering” from helping people to die. The public prosecutor contended that that the 85-year-old Ludwig Minelli had used “unauthorised commercial tactics” and charged “high fees which bear no relation to actual cost.” Under Swiss law, assisted …

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Swiss assisted suicide clinic founder charged with profiteering

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Ludwig Minelli, the founder of the Dignitas assisted suicide clinic, has been charged for profiteering in the deaths of his clients. Accusations that Minelli charges inappropriate fees at the Dignitas clinic have circulated for years. The Swiss media have reported that prosecutors are basing their case …

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Dignitas, Swiss suicide clinic, is a profitable death business

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Editor’s note. The ratio of French francs to American dollars is almost exactly 1-1. So, for example, 200 francs is $199.67. By contrast each British pound equals $1.35. In response to the latest assisted suicide campaign, whereby a healthy 104 year-old man is seeking to die by …

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Push to Make Suicide Easier Will Never Stop

  By Wesley J. Smith Here’s the advocacy con advanced by suicide promoters in the UK to bludgeon Parliament into legalizing doctor-prescribed death. First, get the media to publish pro-suicide stories of Brits flying to Switzerland for death at a clinic. The point: Make the one-way death trip socially acceptable and increase the numbers who …

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In the face of disillusion and depression, the last thing anyone needs is to be “assisted” to die

  By Dave Andrusko I don’t know who “Richard and Judy” are other than that they write a column for the Daily Express and are characterized (by the Daily Express) as “Britain’s best-loved TV couple.” But I do know who “Anne” is. She is (in the words of another British publication, the Daily Mail), a …

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Swiss to Save the Planet!

  By Wesley J. Smith Assisted suicide is not about terminal illness. Assisted suicide is not about disability. Assisted suicide is not about mental illness. Assisted suicide is about suicide! All pretense otherwise was stripped off the movement as the Daily Mail reports that a healthy elderly woman flew to Switzerland to be made dead …

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Police arrest in Chichester should serve as a reminder of why assisted suicide is against the law

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and is CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. A 65-year-old woman and her son from the Chichester area have been arrested after police suspected they were planning to take her …

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Home Care boss calls for Dignitas suicide clinics in Britain

By Alex Schadenberg, executive director Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Dr Chai Patel, who oversees 230 nursing homes in Britain is calling for establishment of suicide clinics. According to the Telegraph newspaper Patel stated at the National Care Homes Congress that “the argument for the right to die should come strictly from an ‘ethical and human perspective’ …

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The police and GMC should be investigating the London psychiatrist that Michael Irwin is protecting

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and is CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. The papers are full today of a report (initially carried by the Daily Mirror) about the first British man with dementia to …

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Swiss Suicide case is only part of the assisted suicide debate.

By Alex Schadenberg, executive director Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The media is promoting the sad story of Susan Griffiths, a Winnipeg Manitoba woman who decided to die at the Dignitas suicide clinic in Switzerland. Griffiths has Multiple System Atrophy, a condition that will leave her significantly disabled before she dies. I understand the feelings that Griffiths …

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Ten years of assisted suicide at Dignitas – another excuse for an international news story

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note.  Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. Now that the Tony Nicklinson case is over and the next assisted suicide bills (from Falconer in the House of Lords and Macdonald …

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Trickle of British suicide cases to Dignitas continues as Swiss vote for status quo

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note.  Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. Switzerland’s parliament voted against a bid to toughen controls on assisted suicide last week, rejecting concerns about foreigners travelling to the country to …

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