Dignitas’s slogan is “To live with dignity, to die with dignity,” and for 12 years the group has been serving cocktails of sodium pentobarbital, a highly lethal barbiturate, to clients from around the world. During that time, Ludwig Minelli has helped more than a thousand people kill themselves, and he has cornered the market in what has come to be called “suicide tourism,” transforming his native Zurich into the undisputed world capital of assisted suicide.
I haven’t had a chance to read the piece yet, But, again, it’s indeed Orwellian that the word “dignity” has come to mean suicide. The sacredness of the human person means that people already have dignity. Suicide is no way to maintain it.