French Council of State Rejects Dignitas’ Appeal (France)

In December 2021 Dignitas, a Swiss organisation that promotes “the right to die with dignity”, submitted a Preliminary Question of Constitution (PQC) countering the ban of pentobarbital in France. Pentoparbital is used in Switzerland and Belgium for assisted suicide. On 21 December 2021 the French Council rejected the proposal highlighting the risks of pentobarbital to public healthcare.

Dignitas prides itself on its role in having assisted suicide recognised by the German and Austrian constitutional courts; it attempted to archive this in France, but thus far failed. It’s website explicitly criticises France for its suicide prevention policy;  indicating the association’s ideology to strive to impose its deadly practices in foreign countries.