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Swiss euthanasia advocates will assist elderly in suicide even without illness

May 28, 2014

A Swiss organization that promotes euthanasia, Exit, has decided to provide services for elderly people even if they are not suffering from any illness.

To date Exit has offered assistance to people who wish to end their own lives because of severe physical or psychological problems. Now the group has added “old age” to the list of causes that clients might cite as reasons for suicide.

Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland.

The Swiss Medical Association has criticized Exit’s policy change, saying that elderly people may be under pressure to end their own lives.


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  • Posted by: normnuke - May. 30, 2014 12:12 PM ET USA

    Hey, the next inevitable step is to 'assume' that elderly people want to end their lives. Especially if it has been determined that they read naughty blogs.