Friday, January 27, 2012

Perspective Needed On Increased Number Of Brits Going To Dignitas To Die

Here’s a good commentary by my colleague Peter Saunders in the UK related to the number of Brits going to Swiss death clinic Dignitas (see post below) noting that the numbers need to be kept in perspective.
Significance of Dignitas assisted suicide deaths greatly overhyped
An article in the Daily Telegraph this morning attempts to make news of the fact that figures from Dignitas, the Swiss assisted suicide organisation, show a slight rise in the number of Britons registered.
893 members from this country had registered with the controversial facility by the end of last year,up 14 per cent on the figure for 2010. This means that more Britons belong to Dignitas than people from every other country except Germany.
In total, 182 people from this country have now ended their lives with the group’s help since it was set up in 1998, although the annual figure fell from 26 in 2010 to 22 last year.
No doubt this report will lead for further demands from the pro-euthanasia lobby for a change in the law.
But we need to keep it all in perspective. more

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