Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Swiss assisted suicide group will continue to do foreign suicides.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

A Swiss assisted suicide group has decided to continue providing assisted suicide for assisted suicide tourists. Exit, which is the largest assisted suicide group in Switzerland, was considering limiting assisted suicide to Swiss citizens but was pressured by its members to continue providing foreign suicides.

According to an article published on September 14, 2021 by Swissinfo:
EXIT’s board of directors had wanted to restrict the service to within the borders of Switzerland as it was becoming difficult to obtain the necessary documentation from abroad and to arrange journeys to Switzerland.

But earlier this year, Swiss media reported that the proposal was not being viewed favourably by members. For this reason, EXIT’s directors decided to drop the proposal.
Exit carried-out 913 assisted suicide's in 2020. Unlike the other assisted suicide groups, such as Dignitas, that focus on suicide tourism, only 1% of Exit's assisted suicide deaths were suicide tourists.

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