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Court says care home must allow assisted suicide

Local News // Oct. 6, 2016
Court says care home must allow assisted suicide

A nursing home in the canton of Neuchatel, which belongs to the Salvation Army, must respect patients' wishes and allow assisted suicide on the premises, following an order by the Federal Court.

The home and the Salvation Army had contested a cantonal law that allows assisted suicide in charitable institutions, if a patient requests it, that came into effect more than a year ago. They said that the law violated their religious beliefs and freedom of conscience.

However, federal judges in Lausanne have rejected their complaint, saying that the law means that individuals are allowed to decide when and how they want to die.

Judges said that the only way that the home could not comply with the law was by giving up its charitable status. This would mean it would no longer receive state subsidies and therefore be outside state control.

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