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Deep Suicide Nihilism in Switzerland

Wesley J. Smith

A new suicide clinic is advertising its dark services in Switzerland — with “native English speaking” staff to ensure that suicide tourists attend.

I will not name the clinic, but it does not take health into account when determining “eligibility.” From its web page:

[Name deleted] believes that it is the human right of every rational adult of sound mind, regardless of state of health, to choose the manner and timing of their death.

The new clinic wants to get people dead faster and more efficiently:

The aims and objectives of [name deleted] include:

  • to cut some of the red tape (in terms of the way paperwork is handled)
  • to minimise waiting time (allowing for urgent situations to be accepted in a matter of weeks not months)
  • to offer a service that has English as its first language (cutting the risk of things being lost in translation)

The cost?

As with the other Swiss VAD [voluntary assisted death] services, a VAD at [name deleted] costs around €10,000. This includes all the paperwork, the consultations, the VAD appointment (inc the drugs), cremation and the couriering of one’s ashes home again. Please note this is a cost estimate only.

Given the nihilism of our times, that could put a lot of money in the clinic’s coffers and into its staffs’ wallets.

Just what the world needs, another suicide clinic. Jack Kevorkian was ahead of his time. In the end, access to such death-on-demand suicide/euthanasia facilitation is precisely what the euthanasia/assisted suicide seeks to ultimately attain.

Photo: The Matterhorn, Switzerland, by Zacharie Grossen [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Cross-posted at The Corner.

Wesley J. Smith

Chair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Wesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.

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