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Swiss gov't wants restrictions on assisted suicide

Swiss gov't wants restrictions on assisted suicide

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.


Updated : 2021-06-12 21:39 GMT+08:00