Skip to content
CityLab
Transportation

'Going to Switzerland' for Assisted Suicide Is Getting So Popular It's Become a Euphemism

"Suicide tourism" in Switzerland doubled between 2009 and 2012—a rise that may affect legislation in other countries.
relates to 'Going to Switzerland' for Assisted Suicide Is Getting So Popular It's Become a Euphemism
Shutterstock.com

For a fee, anyone with an terminal or unendurable illness can utilize the services of Dignitas, a Swiss organization that's helped more than 1,100 people from across the planet commit suicide.

The only catch: Those patients had to get to Switzerland, which has virtually no definitive regulations on assisted suicide (AS). It is unique in the world in that way; all other countries have bans or clear restrictions.