Limits on euthanasia?


The Federal Council has put forward two proposals for changing the law governing assisted suicide in Switzerland. The alternatives suggested by Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf range from an outright ban, to placing tighter restrictions on right-to-die organisations like Dignitas and Exit. Such restrictions would require medical opinion from at least two independent doctors, as well as a written confirmation of untreatable illness before assisted suicide could be permitted.

Right-to-die organisations have been quick to react to the Federal Council's proposals. Dignitas founder and head Ludwig Minelli referred to the proposals as an "egregious affront to the seriously ill".

The Federal Council hopes changes to the law would help limit so-called "death tourists"--terminally ill foreigners who come to Switzerland to end their lives. Although...

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