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Former Dignitas doctor to visit Scotland

A Doctor formerly co-working with Dignitas in Switzerland will give a talk in Glasgow this week to talk about her work and why she believes legislation allowing controlled assisted dying should be enacted in other countries.

Dr Erika Preisig will give a presentation on “How to Die in Peace and Self Determination” after being invited by Friends At The End (FATE), the campaigning organisation for a change in Scots law to allow assisted dying. The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in this topic is invited to attend.

Dr. Preisig is a GP and president of the Life Circle, a centre promoting self-determination in life and at the end of life based in Biel-Benken, Switzerland. (For more see www.lifecircle.ch). In November 2014, Life Circle ensured Scottish twins Stuart Henderson, 86, and Phyllis McConachie, 89 from Troon in Ayrshire, were of sound mind when they made their decision to end their lives in Switzerland. They arranged with the Swiss doctor to travel to her Eternal Spirit practice in Basel – where they died side-by-side, holding hands as they had wished.

Talking about the event, FATE convener Sheila Duffy said: “We know that legalising assisted dying is a very controversial topic and one which is often mis-understood. This was clearly highlighted last year when Stuart Henderson and Phyllis McConachie travelled to Switzerland to end their lives at a time and in a manner of their choosing.”

“By inviting Dr. Preisig to Scotland, we are creating the opportunity for her to describe what her organisation does, the safeguards and process that are in place to prevent abuse and why she believes this choice should be available in other countries. Only through open discussion of the issues around the end of life, including how to improve palliative care, can society decide the best way forward instead of avoiding it because it might be uncomfortable.”

“I would encourage anyone who is interested in this topic, either in favour or opposed, to attend and learn more through discussion and asking questions.”

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Notes to Editors

Journalists are free to attend this event. Dr. Preisig is also available for interviews in advance of the event either in person or via phone.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Graeme Downie on 07973 300 184 or at graeme.downie@orbit-comms.co.uk

The event

Dr Erika Preisig’s talk will take place at the Mitchell Library, Blythswood Suite, at 2pm, on Saturday 6 February.

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