Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Swiss suicide organization assists 18% more deaths in 2018.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition


The Swiss Exit suicide organization has reported that they assisted 1204 suicide deaths in 2018, which is up by 18%.
 
The Swissinfo news report stated that Exit's German speaking division assisted 905 deaths, up from 733 deaths, and their French speaking division assisted 299 deaths, up from 286 deaths.

According to the Swissinfo report:

Of the deceased, 57% were women, with an average age of 78. The most common reason for wanting to die was terminal cancer (344 cases), followed by age-related health problems and chronic pain disorders.
In May 2014, the Exit suicide organization extended assisted suicide to healthy elderly people who live with physical or psychological pain. This decision has led to an increase in assisted deaths.

An article published by Swissinfo last November exposes that Swiss suicide organizations are lobbying world-wide for the legalization of assisted suicide.

All is not well with assisted suicide in Switzerland.

 

Pietro D'Amico
In April 2013, Pietro D’Amico, a 62-year-old magistrate from Calabria Italy, died by assisted suicide at a suicide clinic in Basel Switzerland. His autopsy showed that he had a wrong diagnosis.

In February 2014, Oriella Cazzanello, an 85 year-old healthy woman died at a Swiss suicide clinic. The letter she sent her family stated that she was unhappy about how she looked.


A Swiss assisted suicide study found that 16% of the people who died at Swiss assisted suicide clinics, in 2014, had no underlying illness.

The Swiss assisted suicide statistics prove that when assisted suicide becomes accepted, deaths by assisted suicide will increase and the reasons for assisted suicide expand.
 

Link to the Australian Care Alliance Switzerland report.

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