Ireland to Adopt the Swiss Legal Model for Assisted Dying
We, the undersigned, call on the Irish Parliament to adopt the Swiss model of assisted dying law.
By this we mean that Ireland should adopt the same type of law that has been in place in Switzerland since 1941.
To receive help to die In Switzerland, a person must be an adult of sound mind who is capable of undertaking the action that will bring about their death themselves.
The person(s) assisting must be motivated by altruistic intent.
The Swiss model is preferred because the person being assisted does not need to be terminally ill with less than 6 months to live.
This illness criteria is fundamentally unfair and difficult to implement in practice. Marie Fleming would not have qualified for a law based on this illness criteria, as it was impossible to discern her life span with MS.
Ireland needs and deserves a broader law that is more equal, fair and humane.
‘Marie’s Law’ should be open to all adults of sound mind.
A peaceful death is everybody’s right.
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