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Swiss gov`t wants restrictions on ‘suicide tourism’

Last Updated: Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 09:53

Bern: The Swiss government has proposed restricting or even banning organized assisted suicide in a bid to cut down on `suicide tourism.`

Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf says the cabinet wants groups that help people commit suicide — like Dignitas — to follow strict guidelines or risk prosecution. The new rules include requiring patients to obtain two medical opinions proving their illness is incurable and likely fatal within months.
Widmer-Schlumpf said Wednesday the measures would prevent groups from helping people commit suicide within just a few days.

A second proposal would ban organized assisted suicide completely.
The proposals are open for public comment until March 1, after which the government will send a draft law to parliament.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 09:53
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