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Dignitas prepares legal challenge over assisted suicide for healthy people | Society | guardian.co.uk

The founder of a Swiss clinic that has helped hundreds of people with terminal and mental illnesses die said today he was seeking a change to the law to allow his organisation to help healthy people kill themselves.

Ludwig Minelli, whose Dignitas group has helped more than 100 mostly terminally ill Britons to die, told the BBC he planned to test the legality of helping a healthy person end their life alongside their dying partner.

Minelli said Dignitas was preparing a legal challenge in Switzerland to see whether a doctor could write a lethal prescription for someone who is not ill.

"There is a couple living in Canada, the husband is ill, his partner is not ill but she told us here in my living room that, 'If my husband goes, I would go at the same time with him'," he said.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 03:36:56 PM EST
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Dunno why they need to do all this stuff. A small tent and a CO2 fire extinguisher is just as good. Painless and dignified.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Apr 3rd, 2009 at 12:43:59 PM EST
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What?? CO2? Are you crazy? Better go with helium or nitrogen or some other inert, readily available gas. Rising CO2 concentration in you blood will trigger the suffocation panic reaction.(Air hunger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Perhaps, in the strict sense of the word, painless, but certainly neither pleasant, nor dignified!
by someone (s0me1smail(a)gmail(d)com) on Fri Apr 3rd, 2009 at 12:56:42 PM EST
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No, not air hunger, but a whole lungful. Triggers a clean anphalactic reaction that puts you to sleep in 30 seconds and spark out in 3 minutes.

I have been told that two lungfuls of CO2 will kill you even if you breath good air after. No distress or anything.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Apr 3rd, 2009 at 06:19:45 PM EST
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