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Swiss Group Appeals Invocation of Euthanasia Option For The Severely Depressed

by Medindia Content Team on September 22, 2006 at 6:24 PM
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Swiss Group Appeals Invocation of Euthanasia Option For The Severely Depressed

United Kingdom is being nudged by a Swiss organization to rework on the laws governing assisted suicide, or euthanasia, so that it can be considered for patients suffering chronic mental ailments and depression.

Dignitas, who has Ludwig Minelli at the helm, is petitioning the Swiss Supreme court to permit modifications in the law. Minelli said: "The question for politicians in Britain today is why do you force your citizens, people in the most terrible circumstances who are determined to end their suffering in a way of their own choosing, to leave their country and travel to Switzerland to exercise their free will."

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Dignitas has been enjoying a walk through in Switzerland, primarily because Switzerland has not come down heavily on assisted suicide. The euthanasia laws are clear that a person can be accused only if the act is motivated by self-interest.

Dignitas is now helping a Swiss national suffering bipolar disorder. MEP Chris Davies expressed that it would certainly benefit if UK could take a leaf out of the Dutch books, and reconsider their laws on assisted suicide.

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