Now here’s an interesting acid test.
Is this barbaric or enlightened?
ZURICH – Voters in the Swiss canton (state) of Zurich have overwhelmingly rejected calls to ban assisted suicide or to outlaw the practice for nonresidents.
Zurich’s cantonal voters overwhelmingly rejected both measures Sunday that had been pushed by political and religious conservatives.
Out of more than 278,000 ballots cast, the initiative to ban assisted suicide was rejected by 85 percent of voters and the initiative to outlaw it for foreigners was turned down by 78 percent, according to Zurich authorities.
Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland, provided the helper doesn’t personally benefit from a patient’s death. About 200 people a year commit suicide in Zurich.
... The Federal Democratic Union and the Evangelical Party had sought the bans,