Euthanasia activist Dr. Philip Nitschke’s newest suicide machine will push some of the most vulnerable, struggling people in the world to believe the worst – that they are worthless.
Across the world, there are suicide hotlines, mental health facilities, counselors and countless volunteers who work hard to reassure people that their lives are worth living.
But euthanasia advocates like Nitschke tear away at this vital support with the underlying belief that some lives are not as valuable as others. They cloak their advocacy with the claim of preventing suffering, but underneath, their beliefs discriminate against the people who most desperately need help.
The Netherlands doctor revealed his new 3D printed suicide machine at a conference in October in Canada, the Daily Mail reports. Nitschke said plans for the machine likely will be available online for free by the end of 2018.
Nitschke said his machine, the Sarco, will offer people the chance to die a “peaceful” and “elegant death.” He presented suicide as a legitimate option – even a good option – for people who are suffering.
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Users must complete an online mental questionnaire to establish their mental competency, in order to get a 4-digit access code for the capsule. Once inside, they can start the machine with a click of a button, voice activation or by a series of blinks for paralyzed patients.
Liquid nitrogen then fills the capsule after the user activates the machine, causing a peaceful death within minutes as oxygen drops. While the base is reusable, the pod in which the person end their life can be used as a biodegradable coffin.
Nancy Valko, RN, a spokeswoman for the National Association of Pro-Life Nurses, said the machine will open the doors to more abuses. Individuals who most need society’s help will be pushed toward suicide rather than presented with the support that they need and deserve, she said.
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“It’s glamorizing and normalizing suicide,” Valko said.
There is nothing glamorous about death, suicide in particular. But Nitschke makes his death machine appear so simple and painless. He tempts those who are afraid of pain, who fear that their lives are too burdensome.
But make no mistake, assisted suicide and euthanasia are not really about alleviating people’s suffering. They are based fundamentally on the idea that certain groups of human beings (the elderly, people with disabilities, those suffering from mental illnesses, etc.) are not as valuable. Rather than provide valuable resources to help treat these people’s aliments, society should allow them – even encourage them – to kill themselves. Suicide hotlines, suicide prevention services only should be for the healthy, the young, the wanted.
The reality that people must face is that euthanasia and assisted suicide are not about helping people. They are based on discrimination, destruction and ultimately, the devaluing of human life.