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Swiss crackdown on 'suicide tourism' could spell end of Dignitas clinic

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posted on Oct, 30 2009 @ 10:50 AM
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Swiss crackdown on 'suicide tourism' could spell end of Dignitas clinic


www.timesonline.co.uk

Switzerland announced plans yesterday to crack down on “suicide tourism”, signalling that it might close the Dignitas clinic that has helped hundreds of terminally ill people to take their lives.

The plans — in the form of two draft Bills that will be offered for public debate — are likely to set off a rush of patients from Britain and elsewhere in Europe since Switzerland has become the main destination for those seeking assisted suicide.
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posted on Oct, 30 2009 @ 10:50 AM
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I never can understand the argument that assisted suicide for terminally ill patients should be illegal. I have gone through several family member... watching them wither away in pain. Would they take choice when given to them? I don't know... but, I was in sort of the same position seven years ago... when the pain was so bad I would have definitely considered it. However, my pain wasn't considered life threatening at the time, but I can sympathize with people going through pain such as this!

www.timesonline.co.uk
(visit the link for the full news article)

Here's a link that talks about the "Assisted Suicide Argument"
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U.S. Supreme Court when it considered Washington v. Glucksberg and Vacco v. Quill (the two cases in which the Supreme Court decided there is no constitutional right to die). Written by a collection of doctors and nursing home staff, the brief states: “Any new constitutional right to suicide will extend to persons who are not terminally ill, persons who are merely disabled and/or suffering physically, and persons who are comatose, in a persistent vegetative state, or otherwise incompetent.”


[edit on 10/30/2009 by x2Strongx]



posted on Oct, 30 2009 @ 11:07 AM
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I think there is a lot more to worry about than whether someone who has a terminal illness with great pain is making the right or wrong choice about when to die.

It is their issue. It should be their decision.

If crazy religious beliefs turn out to be true, and suicide turns out to be a punishable sin (by God); well, that unlikely risk belongs only to the person making the decision.

When its my time, I hope I have that choice.



posted on Oct, 30 2009 @ 12:42 PM
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The Inuit (for one) during the old days would let their older members die from the elements because when these older members couldn't take care of themselves anymore they were deemed an danger to the society because other members would have to expend time, food, and power when it was dangerous to do so (extreme northern hemisphere) to keep them alive.

So, they would take these members out to ice floes and let them float away to die from the elements.

These older members weren't dragged out of their Igloos kicking and screaming- they came out willingly, knowing that it was the way of life for them for countless centuries.

Why don't we have that same mindset when it comes to members of our society who are suffering with no prospect for recovery, and especially these who wish to die?

Why should we in the 'First world' force them to accept the unproven Catholic belief that those who end their own lives go to Hell and therefore we must take it upon ourselves to make sure they die slow deaths so they don't go to Hell, and that if we don't try to 'heal' them we're no better than animals?



posted on Oct, 31 2009 @ 02:49 PM
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That is a great point. Death is at least as "normal" as is birth. Why do we go to ridiculous lengths sometimes to prevent it when even the person no longer wants to live?

And why is it so astonishing that someone would actually want to die when their time has come. Why is it so hard to imagine that a person could actually be at peace with their own death, and welcome it?

I will never forget my father virtually pleading "Why can't I die?" when he had been ill for a long time with emphysema and was reduced to a skeleton of himself. Thankfully he had a clear mind to the end.

I know doctors and society want to do the right thing, because the risk of abuse is there. I just wish that there was room made in laws to accommodate individuality and personal preference instead of banging every issue with the same sledgehammer.



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