Will that be a one-way ticket to Switzerland, sir?

Some politicians in Switzerland are uncomfortable about their country’s bad reputation as the destination of choice for “suicide tourism”:

While assisted suicide is permitted in the Netherlands, Belgium and the U.S. states of Oregon, Washington and Montana, only Switzerland allows doctors to help foreigners end their lives. More than 25 percent of the 380 assisted suicides in Switzerland during 2009 involved foreigners, most of whom died after drinking water laced with a lethal dose of barbiturates.

Former Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, who was replaced by Simonetta Sommaruga in November, has proposed making the practice more difficult by demanding oversight by doctors who aren’t connected with one of the country’s four right-to-die organizations. Assisted suicide has been legal in Switzerland since 1942. (Source)

Unfortunately, most parties in the national Legislature seem opposed to this measure.  As a result, there will continue to be many one-way trips to Switzerland.

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