BERLIN (AP) — A German group dedicated to helping terminally ill people commit suicide has opened an office in Switzerland in case it is banned at home.
The head of Sterbehilfe Deutschland says proposed legal changes could soon make it illegal for the group to offer its services in Germany.
Roger Kusch told The Associated Press on Saturday that by opening an office in the Swiss city of Zurich the group would be able to continue operating from a country where assisted suicide is legal.
The German government recently proposed making it illegal for groups to receive money, including membership fees, from people they help to commit suicide.
Unlike Switzerland where assisted suicide is widely accepted, many in Germany object to the practice because of its association with Nazi euthanasia programs.