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Old 27.11.2020, 23:00
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Re: EXIT would you consider being a member?

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I find the irony here that a person can give clear instructions when totally compos mentis, but at the point they lose this their wishes from where they were coherent can be ignored because maybe they changed their mind.

So the thought process of the same person is considered more relevant when damaged than when undamaged?
The point is that, in Switzerland, euthanasia is illegal, while assisted suicide is legal.

The assistance includes such things as making the arrangements possible (including obtaining and transporting the drug), but not, not ever, putting the drug into another person's body.

The person who wishes to die has to
  • take the drug themselves. A wholly paralysed person cannot do this.
  • know what he/she is doing. A demented person cannot do this.

A person who is of clear mind and able enough body can take the drug themselves.

Exit tries to provide for the possibility that one may wish to die but no longer be of sound mind. They do this with an option in the Living Will. The closest option they provide is that anyone of clear mind can specify, in advance, that if ever they become demented, food and fluids should be stopped, and they should be given whatever permissible non-lethal medication(pain-killiers, tranqulisers, opiates) necessary to keep them out of pain while dying, over a period of days or weeks, of starvation and thirst. Hopefully, they don't actually feel the suffering.
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