Swiss suicide clinics 'helping depressives die'

Swiss suicide clinics ‘helping depressives die’

Prosecutors are calling for tougher regulations on Switzerland’s assisted suicide clinics after uncovering evidence that some of the foreign clients they help to die are simply depressed rather than suffering incurable pain. The clinics, which attract hundreds of foreigners, including Britons, every year, have been accused of failing to carry out proper investigations into whether patients meet the requirements of Switzerland’s right-to-die laws.

You know, nobody wants to see people who are suffering from temporary mental illness make an irrevocable choice. But in many people’s minds a desire to commit suicide is synonymous with mental illness. So this argues, at the very least, for a re-evaluation of what we consider to be mental illness. Until we as a society can admit that there may be some cases in which suicide may be an appropriate choice, we can’t say it’s inappropriate across the board. The very discussion excludes any rational consideration. At least Switzerland recognizes it as an individual choice. Until that right-to-die is extended to the rest of the world, there is work to be done.

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lone dwarf / January 17th, 2008, 10:56 pm / #1

I have no real backing but my own thoughts and experience, but I agree. In societies such as ours that generate so much misery for some, taking away the right to die is like saying they can’t have an enjoyable life, but they cannot end it either.

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