Elke Baezner spoke at a conference in Luxembourg on accompanied suicide in Switzerland, in view of adding assisted suicide to the statutes of ADMD-L.In view of adding assisted suicide to the statutes, ADMD-L were fortunate to have Elke Baezner in Luxembourg to present a conference on “Accompanied suicide in Switzerland”.
Ex-president of EXIT Zürich, and herself an accompanying person, Elke was able to speak with warmth and real inside knowledge on the situation of many a suicide she had followed herself. In Switzerland, this takes place in the presence of a trained person, not necessarily a doctor, although the prescription must be issued by a medical doctor who has followed the patient over a period of time.
Elke was able to answer questions on medical, ethical, social and legal implications in a very understandable way, giving full satisfaction to pertinent questions asked (in French and German) by an interested audience. One doctor only, out of many invited, was present.
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