Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Switzerland and Assisted Suicide.

There's been a rumble in Switzerland for months. Many politicians are concerned that their country will become an assisted suicide vacation spot and want to shut down the laws that make AS legal. Talk has been made of simply making it illegal for foreigners to travel to Switzerland for that purpose. But today, a report from RT that says maybe the country wants to end the legality of AS altogether:

Aeschbacher, a Swiss lawmaker, says that when the legislation on euthanasia was first conceived 70 years ago, it did not foresee special clinics helping people die. He says that it is therefore in need of an update.

It terrifies me that Switzerland could make those changes,” says Debby Purdy, who lives in the UK and suffers from multiple sclerosis.

Purdy is not packing her bags for Switzerland, but says she wants to have the option to do so if her pain becomes unbearable.

In Britain anyone helping Purdy to end her life could be sentenced to up to 14 years in prison.

It’s not that I think it should be an easy option, but I think if people suffer unbearably, only the person who's suffering can decide whether it is bearable or unbearable – doctors can't tell you that your pain is being managed fine. If you're in pain, you're in pain,” Purdy says.

Thus, before the issue of assisted suicide makes it to the inevitable referendum, the Swiss government and the public have a few important questions to answer.

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