Saturday, December 13, 2008

Switzerland's "suicide tourists" in the spotlight...

Twice a week, on average, in a nondescript building by the railroad tracks, a foreigner comes to die.

Most are terminally ill. Some are young and physically healthy except for a permanent disability or severe, debilitating mental disorder.

Drawn by Switzerland's reputation as a trouble-free place for foreigners to end their lives, more than 100 Germans, Britons, French, Americans and others come to this small commuter town each year to lie down on a bed in an industrial park building and drink a lethal dose of barbiturates. 

Now the country's suicide practices are under the spotlight after British TV last week showed Craig Ewert, a 59-year-old Chicago man with a severe form of motor neuron disease, killing himself in Switzerland two years ago. More...

See also:

  1. France: 3 women from the same family in a strange double suicide. 
  2. Britain: film about suicide in a Swiss clinic sparks debate...
  3. Switzerland: Exit, or the right to die... (video)

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