Supreme Court decision in Canada
In a unanimous 9:0 decision Canada’s Supreme Court has struck down the country’s Criminal Code laws prohibiting physician-assisted suicide. The rule will not come into force for another 12 months; however, it means it will no longer be against the law, under certain circumstances, for a doctor to help someone who is terminally ill to end their life
>> A brief summary of the case by the BCCLA
>> Supreme Court judgment of Carter v. Canada
>> Media coverage
Research gone astray
There has been news on a study about people from abroad going to Switzerland for assisted dying, published in the British Journal of Medical Ethics. The five Swiss charities working for the human right to a life with dignity and a self-determined end of suffering have analysed this study. It has many omissions and errors and contains statements which are wrong, misleading and inflammatory. The study is not representative as the authors did not use all data in Switzerland and they only analysed the years 2008 - 2012. The allegation that the number of people going Switzerland has doubled, bases on a selected analysis. The findings of the study are misleading
>> Comments on the study
"Suicide tourism: a pilot study on the Swiss phenomenon"
>> Media: Reports of assisted suicde highly exaggerated
The British Journal of Medical Ethics has been contacted and informed about the misleading content of the “study”. It is hard to understand how this respected journal
could publish something of such poor quality.
People should have the right to choose
a more peaceful end, says Simon Birch
>> read more
>> listen to Simon
80 % of the people in the UK
want the law on assisted dying changed
Media Incompetence and Stupidity
Quite often, the media spreads false information about the right to die
and DIGNITAS. For example, they make believe that a mentally and physically
healthy person could pay money and then be euthanized in a clinic in Switzerland.
This, of course, is complete nonsense.
There are no clinics and euthanasia is prohibited in Switzerland
Furthermore, access to assisted dying in Switzerland is not a matter of money,
but of paperwork, patience, determination and responsibility, of a competent adult.
Don’t buy, don’t read and don’t believe such 'news', mainly spread by the tabloids.
You are prone to be misled by truncated, twisted, falsified and scandalised 'information'.
All these 'news' companies intend to do is cashing in on creating hype.
They mislead the public and they are responsible for a lot of suffering.
See George Bernard Shaw, in "The Doctor’s Dilemma" (1906), act IV:
" . . . for a newspaper, not having to act on its descriptions and reports,
but only to sell them to idly curious people, has nothing but honor to lose
by inaccuracy and unveracity . . .".
There is only one reliable source of information from and about DIGNITAS: this website