By Wesley J. Smith Switzerland is Jack Kevorkian as a country. It permits suicide clinics to which people travel from all over the world to be made dead. This has come to be known by the term “suicide tourism.” Dignitas is the best known–but certainly not the only–suicide clinic in Switzerland. It has now …Continue reading "1701 Have Died at Swiss Suicide Clinic"
By Michael Cook What is the position of the law on assisted suicide in Switzerland? Journalists often make the mistake of asserting that euthanasia is allowed there. This is not true: only assisted suicide – but this has been legal, astonishingly, since the 1930s. A review article in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics by …Continue reading "Switzerland’s “peculiar institution”"
By Wesley J. Smith Jack Kevorkian’s first death was of Janet Adkins, who had early stage Alzheimer’s, but was so fit she beat her son at tennis a few days before she died. (He actually murdered her by lethal injection, according to his own statement to Larry King.) Now, one of the Swiss suicide clinics …Continue reading "Switzerland is Kevorkian as a Country"
By Wesley J. Smith Switzerland, which already permits suicide purveyors to make a lot of money out of suicide tourism, is now bringing self termination into nursing homes and hospitals. From the Swiss Info story: “Vaud is set to become the first Swiss canton to introduce a law explicitly regulating assisted suicide. On Sunday, 62 …Continue reading "Switzerland Welcomes Dr. Suicide Into Nursing Homes"
By Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Peter Saunders is CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a United Kingdom-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. This first appeared here. Voters in Zurich, Switzerland, Sunday rejected proposed bans on assisted suicide and ‘suicide tourism’. A proposal to restrict access for foreigners to assisted suicide …Continue reading "British Suicide Act Need Not Change in wake of Swiss vote rejecting bans on assisted suicide and ‘suicide tourism’"
By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This appeared Thursday on Wesley’s blog. As if the suicide clinics weren’t bad enough, now nursing homes in one area of Switzerland will soon be allowed to facilitate suicides by residents. From the story: “A Swiss region is poised to give old people in state-subsidised care homes the right …Continue reading "Switzerland About to Permit Nursing Home Assisted Suicides"
By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This appears on Wesley’s blog at http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2011/04/03/fear-of-dying-of-old-age-assisted-suicide-in-switzerland/ Why do people keep saying that assisted suicide is about terminal illness when nothing else can be done to alleviate suffering, when that premise is patently untrue? Latest example: A UK woman went to Switzerland for assisted suicide to ensure she did …Continue reading "Fear of Dying of Old Age: Assisted Suicide in Switzerland"