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I’ve written about Dignitas, the Swiss organization that helps people end their lives. Now, Swiss authorities have uncovered an estimated 300 urns with ashes near the Dignitas facilities in Lake Geneva.

From the Daily Mail:

The urns were discovered by chance when divers from a rescue service were looking for a lost sunshade from one of their boats.

After retrieving 13 urns they notified the Environment Agency and police divers were called in.

One said: ‘After 50 we stopped counting. They lay there in a big heap.’

Environment Agency spokesman Wolfgang Bollack said: ‘We have filed a criminal complaint against unknown persons for disturbance of the dead.

‘The retrieved urns are being kept in a place respecting their dignity.’

Meghan Duke at First Things writes, “The irony is obvious, but the epithet “hypocrite” should not be so quickly hurled at the undignified Dignitas. The idea that suicide is a human right is based upon the belief that human beings are completely autonomous, that autonomy is, in fact, the very essence of human nature and therefore human dignity. In this view, there is little reason to respect the human body as it is nothing more than an instrument for executing the will. It has no more dignity than that of a can opener: Once it fails to get the job done it can be carelessly chucked in the trash—or the bottom of a lake.”

Unfortunately, this is strengthening British calls to allow assisted suicide in the country, rather than allowing citizens to go to Switzerland to die.

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