Suicide Machine Sparks Euthanasia Debate

(The Independent) Opponents of euthanasia have expressed concern at the creation of a “suicide machine,” which has been developed by Dr Philip Nitschke.

The well-known advocate of individuals’ right to die has regularly caused controversy by assisting what he calls “rational suicides”.

Having developed machines in the past that could be used by individuals to inject themselves with lethal doses of barbiturates, Dr Nitschke says he is now close to finalising a new device which uses nitrogen gas to cause death.

He says the idea for the invention was sparked by conversations in 2012 over the case of British man Tony Nicklinson, who suffered from locked-in syndrome – the result of a severe stroke in 2005 that had left him unable to speak or move.

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  • Nidalap

    The “right to die” of today can easily become the “duty to die” of tomorrow…

    • james blue

      Perhaps, but that could be said about any right. Freedom of religion could become mandatory religion for example.

    • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

      And then one day forced to die against ones will.

    • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      It’s happening here in Canada. We have assisted suicide. Now they’re pushing for assisted suicide for the mentally ill, some of the most vulnerable people among us. It’s sick.

      • sharpss

        This is also sick; We add approx. 225,000 people to this spaceship earth each and every day. That’s after deaths are subtracted.

  • james blue

    Mr Nicklinson fought a long, and ultimately unsuccessful, court battle in a bid to allow his doctors legally to assist his suicide. In search of assisted suicide options, his lawyer reached out to Dr Nitschke, who began to consider how it would be possible for an individual whose movements were limited to blinking might be able to trigger death without the need for help by others.

    How would that person get into the casket without assistance?

  • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    There is no such thing as a peaceful suicide. Watch some assisted suicides on YouTube. They never go easy.