April 20, 2024


The long campaign against euthanasia in the UK is over, writes Dr James Le Fanu, a columnist for the London Telegraph. Even though 50 British citizens have travelled to the Swiss suicide clinic Dignitas, in Zurich, there has not been a single prosecution. Relying upon a 2002 case in which doctors were allowed to switch off a ventilator for a woman who wanted to die, a court held recently that a local authority had no right to prevent a husband from taking his wife to Zurich.

Le Fanu contends that the law now effectively permits euthanasia and assisted suicide — so long as those seeking it have enough money for the trip and a partner who is willing to accompany them.