• Zachery Bernabe

Australian doctor creates 'suicide machine'

In October 2017, at the Exit NuTech Conference in Canada, the company revealed a new, 3-D-printed, capsule-like device called Sarco, nicknamed the "suicide machine," according to Newsweek.

Created by Dr. Philip Nitschke, Sarco is an Euthanasia device used for assisted suicide. The device works by filling with nitrogen gas "to bring the oxygen level down to about 5 percent. Within one minute the user passes out, and a few minutes later, death comes." According to Fox News, the capsule can be removed and used as a coffin. Another capsule can simply be 3-D printed for future users.

Dr. Nitschke, 70, has helped hundreds of patients fulfill their wishes for what he calls "rational suicides.” Dr.Nitschke has been fighting to re-legalize euthanasia in his home nation of Australia. Even though it's currently illegal there, it "didn’t stop people from coming to [him] saying that they wanted to die,” said Nitschke. “I’ve spent the last 20 years fighting for the legislation that just passed.”

Euthanasia is illegal in most nations and U.S. states, but the right to physician-assisted suicide has been legalized in Washington, California, Vermont, Oregon, and a several European nations. Dr.Nitschke believes "Every person over the age of 70 should be able to die.”

Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, a Georgetown professor, does not agree with Dr. Nitschke: “I think it’s bad medicine, ethics, and bad public policy." He added, "It converts killing into a form of healing and doesn’t acknowledge that we can now do more for symptoms through palliative than ever before.”