Suicide is a taboo in most part of the world. Throughout history, it has been seen as a crime. Which is largely inspired by various religious scriptures. It is the same idea that remains in most of the societies in the world. There is a huge amount of arguments against suicide, and rightly so.
“Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”
– Phil Donahue
But there are cases with the problem is not temporary. There are people with terminal illnesses, who cannot be treated and their life is nothing but pain. They see living life as being torched.
Switzerland is the first country on earth that allowed assisted suicide. This was intended for the people of Switzerland with terminal illnesses. When this law was passed, people from all over the world went there to end their lives. These were the people who could not get better and were under a lot of pain due to their terminal illness. This is called “Suicide Tourism”. The number of people from all over the world was so great in number that the parliament ended the assisted suicide for the foreigners. But this was reversed by the public opinion of Switzerland’s nationals.
Guernsey can be on the list of countries that provide the facility of assisted suicide. Politicians are preparing to vote on it in May and the Chief Minister has shown his support for the plan.
Guernsey’s chief minister Gavin St Pier told The Mirror: ‘This is about giving people choice and a sense that they have some control themselves, rather than being frightened, out of control and in the hands of others. That for me is why this is such an important issue.
‘I have personal experience of my father who died nine years ago. His death from cardiovascular disease was very distressing… It was not the death he would have chosen had he the choice.’
Currently assisting someone in suicide is a criminal offense punishable with the maximum of 14 years in prison.
Guernsey is independently governed but it is a British Crown dependency, which means that its parliament can make its own laws.
If this passes, many Brits will visit Guernsey for assisted suicide instead of Switzerland, because it costs about 10,000 pounds to get assisted suicide in Switzerland, which is quite expensive for some to be considered as an option.