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Salvation Army Ordered to Permit Assisted Suicide

October 7, 2016

( – A Christian nursing home in the French-speaking part of Switzerland must allow assisted suicide – per order of the Federal Court. Located in canton Neuchâtel, the old age home belongs to the Salvation Army, an international Christian church and charitable organisation. According to a cantonal law in effect since January 1, 2015, recognised charitable institutions – which receive subsidies – must respect a patient’s wish for assisted suicide on their premises; non-recognised institutions need only explain their position on assisted suicide.

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