SWISS SUICIDE CLINIC KILLING DEPRESSED DEATH TOURISTS
"I find joy in the sufferings I endure for you. In my own flesh I fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of His Body, the Church" (Col. 1:24).
The West rejects suffering as lacking dignity, purpose, and meaning. In times past a good or happy death meant a person had an opportunity to conduct a thorough examination of conscience and repent of all sin. The Catholic Church has always acknowledged the powerful redemptive nature of uniting one's suffering with Christ's Cross. But death with dignity has been diabolically twisted to rob one of the chance at reflection, and the grace of a possible death bed conversion. Now the ideal death is speedy, with minimum hassle on family or friends, and is totally pain-free due to mind altering drugs. A people that reject sacrifice and suffering as meaningless and something to escape from have lost the ability to love and thus the purpose of life.
The Swiss have gone so far as to set up suicide clinics for those with "incurable pain" called among other names "Dignitas" and "Exit". Dignitas has recently come under fire for killing foreigners who travel to Switzerland to die and are merely depressed.
Prosecutors are calling for tougher regulations on Switzerland's assisted suicide clinics after uncovering evidence that some of the foreign clients they help to die are simply depressed rather than suffering incurable pain.
The clinics, which attract hundreds of foreigners, including Britons, every year, have been accused of failing to carry out proper investigations into whether patients meet the requirements of Switzerland's right-to-die laws.
In some cases, foreign clients are being given drugs to commit suicide within hours of their arrival, which critics say leaves doctors and psychologists unable to conduct a detailed assessment or to provide appropriate counselling.
Swiss laws allow doctors to provide "passive suicide assistance" to people who are terminally ill or in great suffering, with patients given a cocktail of drugs that they must administer themselves.
A handful of clinics provide the service, with two, Dignitas and Exit International, also offering it to foreigners, who make up a large proportion of the 300 assisted suicides that take place each year.
A Dignitas member who desires suicide must apply in writing, proving illness and pain, with a doctor's proof and prognosis. There is concern, however, that foreign patients may find it easier than Swiss clients to provide fake medical and psychiatric records.
Questions over the screening of foreign patients first surfaced when it emerged that a 67-year-old German woman who committed suicide with help from Dignitas had presented the clinic with faked papers saying that she was dying of cirrhosis of the liver. It turned out that she had been suffering from alcoholism and depression. Dr Daniel Hell, of the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics, a government regulatory body, said: "We suspect there could have been cases where people who suffered from a temporary depression have been helped to their deaths."
"Not only is suicide a sin, it is THE sin. It is the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal to take interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men; as far as he is concerned he wipes out the world." G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy.
Above excerpts taken from the TELEGRAPH.