By Right to Life UK In the fourth session of the Parliamentary inquiry into assisted suicide, one witness shockingly revealed to MPs that ‘right to die’ groups in Switzerland are “self-regulatory”. Professor Samia Hurst-Majno, Professor of Biomedical Ethics at the University of Geneva, shared that “Right to die societies are not subjected to accreditation and professional criteria …Continue reading "MPs hear “crazy” and “naive” assisted suicide law in Switzerland allows for self-regulation of assisted suicide clinics"
By Dave Andrusko Not a lot of attention gets paid to the pro-life movement in Switzerland, so kudos to the Evangelical Focus News for posting about the ninth March for Life held September 15 in front of the Swiss Parliament in Bern. The gathering, which drew around 1,500 people, had as its focus “The pain after …Continue reading "1,500 pro-lifers focus on “the pain after abortion” at 9th March for Life in Switzerland"
By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Swiss media are reporting that the Federal Statistical Office says that 999 people died by assisted suicide at the Exit and Dignitas suicide clinics in 2015, an increase of 26% in one year and two and one half times as many as five years before. …Continue reading "Switzerland: 26% increase in assisted suicide deaths"
By Wesley J. Smith Over the last few years I have grown increasingly alarmed at the push within euthanasia circles not just to legalize assisted suicide, but also to force dissenting doctors and medical institutions to be complicit in the killing, a phenomenon I have branded “medical martyrdom.” We see that now in Switzerland where …Continue reading "Assisted Suicide: Medical Martyrdom in Switzerland"
By Wesley J. Smith We are in the midst of an attempt to normalize suicide as a way of dying. Think, the celebration over Brittany Maynard’s death. Think media swooning over suicide parties. Think the increasing numbers of suicides/euthanasia deaths in locales where it is legal. Switzerland exemplifies the trend. Assisted suicide rates are up …Continue reading "Assisted Suicide Up 250% in Switzerland since 2009"
By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Exit suicide clinic in Switzerland reported that there were 583 assisted suicide deaths in 2014, a 27% increase from the 459 deaths in 2013. Exit claimed that the spike in numbers was due to a greater media interest in euthanasia, an ageing population and a rise …Continue reading "27% increase in assisted suicide at Swiss suicide clinic in 2014"
By Joannes Bucher In spite of growing anti-life opposition, about 2,500 pro-life faithful mobilized for the March for Life in Zurich, drawing attention to the right to life of every unborn child, especially those with Down syndrome. Such public pro-life marches require police protection in German-speaking countries. Over recent years, threats by anti-life demonstrators …Continue reading "In Spite of Protest, March Draws 2,500 to Defend Life for Down Syndrome in Zurich"
By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics In Switzerland, the numbers of people traveling from abroad to die are growing dramatically. Even more disturbing is the fact that the reasons they cite in seeking suicide are growing beyond inevitably terminal illness to include traditionally manageable conditions. In a New Scientist magazine …Continue reading "Switzerland’s “Suicide Tourism” by Victims with Treatable Conditions Increases"
By Xavier Symons Swiss assisted suicide provider Exit has officially sanctioned assisted suicide on the grounds of old age. The new statute – the first of its kind in Switzerland – was passed at the group’s annual general meeting over the weekend. “Our members told us to get active on this subject. It was …Continue reading "Assisted suicide for the old but healthy"
By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Assisted suicide is facilitated in Switzerland by suicide groups who assist the suicide deaths of their members. The assisted suicide groups charge a “membership fee” and fees for assisted suicide itself. Assisted suicide groups have their own “rules and regulations.” There are few national regulations …Continue reading "Swiss group to assist the suicides of elderly healthy people"
By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A Swiss appeals court appears to have decided that it is OK to kill a person for any reason. Last July, a Swiss regional court found Dr. Philippe Freiburghaus “crossed the line” by assisting a suicide “without knowing precisely what disease he [the patient] was …Continue reading "Swiss doctor acquitted for assisting a suicide without a diagnosis"
By Michael Cook An extensive survey of assisted suicide in Switzerland between 2003 and 2008 has found that the most vulnerable people are women, people who live alone or people who are divorced. People who ask for assisted suicide tend to be wealthier and better educated. The results have been published in the International …Continue reading "Analysis of legal assisted suicide in Switzerland"