THE BIG DEBATE - SHOULD VOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA BE
Pressure groups are still seeking to get such a bill on the
Statue book. In Britain at present euthanasia is illegal, as is its aiding and
abetting. It is allowed in the Netherlands, but there are strict guidelines. It
is only allowed to resident citizens and their doctors must fully acquaint
themselves with the whole history of such cases. In Switzerland however, their
attitude is the most liberal of any country. An organisation known as Dignitas
is allowed to assist in self-administered euthanasia (suicide) to any who
request it, including foreigners.
In September 1991, The European Commission on Human Rights
stated that "Wherever a sick person in perfect clarity of mind strongly demands
that an end be put to their existence when it has lost all meaning for them,
and a committee of doctors, recognizing the unavailability of any other
treatment, euthanasia should be granted".