“Sarco”: Suicide machine that triggered outrage

“Sarco”, a euthanasia machine that can assist people to kill themselves at the click of a button, has triggered outrage after it was unveiled at a funeral show in Amsterdam recently.

The “3D-printed machine” invented by Philip Nitschke, an Australian doctor who has been advocating legalising euthanasia, comes with a capsule and coffin.

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Sarco the suicide machine

“Once inside the capsule, clients can click a button and the canister of nitrogen inside will be released to fill the capsule,’’ Nitschke said.

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According to Nitschke, the person inside will soon loses consciousness and passes away.

At the annual Funeral Expo in central Amsterdam on Saturday, the model was displayed with a virtual reality headset that enabled visitors to feel what it was like to sit inside.

Nitschke planned to launch the machine, which could be 3D-printed and assembled anywhere in the world, in 2019.

However the device has triggered a controversy over the morality and legal implications of committing suicide.

Pro-life organisations are warning that the machine could cause a huge spike in suicides.

Nancy Valko, a spokesperson for National Association of Pro-life Nurses in Missouri, whose daughter committed suicide after reading a book that discusses the “practicalities of self-deliverance”, told British Daily Mail that assisted suicide is open to abuse.

“It’s glamourising and normalising suicide,’’ she said.

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