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Swiss euthanasia proponent's new wealth draws scrutiny

Catholic World News - June 25, 2010

The head of Dignitas, the Swiss firm that specializes in euthanasia, has amassed a fortune since he founded the firm 12 years ago.

Although assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland, the law forbids taking a profit from someone’s death. So a Swiss journal, Beobachter, is questioning why Ludwig Minelli has apparently become wealth while heading the Dignitas firm, which employs doctors to prescribe lethal drugs for patients. Nearly 6,000 of people—many from outside Switzerland—have registered with Dignitas, making preliminary plans to travel to the firm’s clinic in Zurich when they are prepared to take their own lives.

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  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jun. 26, 2010 5:47 PM ET USA

    It does occur to one that Beobachter's priorities may be a trifle askew. They seem to have no objection to euthanasia, but find it immoral to make a profit.

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