The article mentions that Dignitas recently opened a branch office in Hannover, Germany. From my understanding, it isn't helping with assisted suicides, but is there to pressure the government to change its laws regarding assisted suicide.
From an older USA Today article:
Dignitas will not offer its services in Germany but will work to change the law. Despite a national sense of trepidation and residual guilt from the exterminations of the Holocaust, 74% of Germans said they thought euthanasia for seriously ill patients should be legalized, according to a Forsa Institute survey published in October by Stern magazine. Only 20% opposed legalizing the practice; 6% were undecided.Der Fuhrer would be so proud. Ya, das ist gut. Das ist sehr gut.
From the Assisted Suicide website:
The only four places that today openly and legally, authorize active assistance in dying of patients, are:
Oregon (since 1997, physician-assisted suicide only)
Switzerland (since 1941, physician and non-physician assisted suicide)
Belgium (since 2002, permits 'euthanasia' but does not define the method)
Netherlands (voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide lawful since April 2002, but permitted by the courts since 1984)
The website lists dozens of countries and their assisted suicide laws or more specifically, laws allowing assisted suicide, not prohibiting it. It is worth noting that Russia "has no tolerance of any form of assisted suicide, nor did it during the 60-year Soviet rule. The Russian legal system does not recognize the notion of 'mercy-killing'. Moreover, the 1993 law 'On Health Care of Russian Citizens' strictly prohibits the practice of euthanasia." Only rampant abortion is allowed there.
I was working in Oregon just before they passed the law allowing assisted suicide, when it was still being debated. It was so unbelievable to me I felt like I was in a dream. Naively, I never believed the law would pass. May God have mercy on us.
I also know some people going to Switzerland this month. I hope they make it back alive. My brother and his family live in Geneva...I hope they don't get a cold or something and have to go to the doctor...hate to think what liberties doctors may take when they have been ordained God.
"It's very difficult to avoid this debate. People are feeling: 'Who is the master of my life? It's not God. It's not the state. It's not the physician. I am the master of my life. And I'm the one to decide if I have to suffer or not'."
Jacqueline Herremans, president of the Association for the Right to Die with Dignity in Brussels.