Assisted suicide and “suicide tourism” have been upheld in Zurich, Switzerland, were 85 per cent of 278,000 votes cast opposed a ban on assisted suicide, and 78 per cent opposed outlawing it for foreigners, the BBC reports. About 200 people commit suicide each year in Zurich, and many of them are foreign visitors. The only assistance allowed is the passive kind, such as providing drugs, but actively assisting a suicide, such as administering a product, is forbidden. The practice has been legal in Switzerland since 1941 if it is performed by a non-physician with no vested interest in the death.
Swiss voters oppose ban on assisted suicide
Majority also oppose outlawing it for foreigners
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