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February 4, 2007

Physician-Assisted Suicide for the Mentally Ill in Switzerland

Topics: Assisted Suicide

By Dan (the Way Warriors)

(...) the slope, if possible, has become even slipper and has turned, in a horrendous direction - physician-assisted suicide for mentally ill patients.

A Swiss Federal Tribunal court decision added mental illnesses as another reason for physician-assisted suicide, with "safeguards". The assumption is that the decision for physician-assisted suicide is voluntary.

The court said: "It must be recognized that an incurable, permanent, serious mental disorder can cause similar suffering as a physical (disorder), making life appear unbearable to the patient in the long term."

Read the AP story "Swiss may expand assisted suicide law".

Posted by tim at February 4, 2007 4:48 PM


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