Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Australian scientist plans to kill himself with 'Swiss option'

Australian scientist plans to kill himself with 'Swiss option'

Goodall tried unsuccessfully to end his life in Australia after suffering a fall two months ago.

David Goodall, who is now 104, does not have a terminal illness but his quality of life has deteriorated and he has secured a fast-track appointment with an assisted dying agency in Basel, euthanasia advocates said.

Basel City Councilwoman Annemarie Pfeifer is a leading critic of Lifecircle and believes the option of assisted death available for people who are not terminally ill could eventually end up pressurizing infirm elderly to end their lives.

Yahoo brings you live coverage of his press conference, 24 hours before he plans to die. I am happy to have the chance tomorrow to end it and i appreciate the help of the medical profession here in making that possible'.

THE 104-year-old Australian scientist who has chosen to end his life at a Swiss clinic says he would have preferred to have done so in Australia.

Before leaving for Switzerland, he told 9 News Australia that family members, including his daughter and three grandsons, were accompanying him on the trip.

Exit International, a euthanasia advocacy group of which Goodall has been a member for 20 years, raised nearly 20,000 dollars to cover the professor's travel costs to Switzerland.

But Swiss critics of broader use are uncomfortable with the idea of Switzerland becoming an global hub for assisted suicide.

"At my age, or less than my age, one wants to be free to choose the death when the death is at an appropriate time", Prof Goodall said. As sanguine as David Goodall sounded, the British-born biologist's death has some people in the country where he came to die questioning if they want it to be known as the ultimate final tourist destination.

'My abilities have been declining over the past year or two - well my eyesight has for the past five or six years. He said he chose Switzerland as their liberal assisted suicide laws let him commit suicide legally, in contrast to Australia where it remains forbidden.

Hence, he is not eligible to move to the Australian state of Victoria to die there under its new euthanasia legislation. It takes effect in June 2019.

An expert in arid shrublands, he also worked in Britain and held academic posts at U.S. universities. He had flown from Australia to voluntarily end his life.

He said he has been considering suicide for 20 years, and said a lack of mobility was one of the reasons he wanted to take his own life.

He told reporters he had not given much thought to a last meal and acknowledged he was not without regrets.

"There are many things I would like to do, I suppose, but it's too late".

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