Retirement and nursing homes in the canton of Zurich must in future enable their residents to take advantage of euthanasia on site. The cantonal council narrowly approved a corresponding initiative on Monday. Voters could have the last word.
On Monday, the cantonal council narrowly approved the proposal for a parliamentary initiative by the SP, GLP and Greens with 92 to 76 votes. The AL also supported them.
obligation is new
The EVP, SVP and EDU positioned themselves clearly against this. The factions of the center and FDP were divided and decided to vote.
According to the draft, the health law will be amended in such a way that retirement and nursing homes will be obliged to enable their residents to have euthanasia on their premises.
Proponents argued, among other things, with the self-determination of those affected. “I don’t see why a person should be dependent on the goodwill of the home management on this issue,” said Thomas Marthaler (SP, Zurich). It is stressful when someone has to leave their familiar environment again to seek euthanasia.
The governing council opposed the proposal
Opponents of the bill, on the other hand, want to continue to leave the decision to allow euthanasia to the homes. This is necessary to protect employees and residents. For them, the accompanied suicide of a resident is often very stressful. Markus Schaaf (EPP, Zell) called for “a shelter for people who don’t want it to be practiced around them.”
The government council opposed the proposal, as health director Natalie Rickli (SVP) said. “I myself am a member of the euthanasia organization Exit,” she said. But she is opposed to requiring all retirement and nursing homes by law to allow euthanasia on their premises. This is not even necessary, since a majority of homes would allow this anyway.
“The people should decide about this matter”
The decision of the cantonal council came after a debate that lasted almost the entire morning session. “The people should decide on this matter,” said Martin Pretty (SVP, Wiesendangen). The SVP will probably support an official referendum against the bill.
If a referendum is held, a referendum will be called. Otherwise, the Government Council will set a date for its entry into force. (SDA)