There is nothing more tragic than having a loved one mention suicide. Taking one’s own life is about as taboo as it can get. In this modern era, there are many ways someone can end their life, but it is almost inconceivable to imagine a medical professional coming up with ways to get the job done. Physician-assisted suicides are on the rise, and the trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Doctors who assist patients with an easy way out are only making it more acceptable to the masses that suicide is a perfectly acceptable way out.
According to Daily Signal:
An annual report examining physician-assisted suicide trends in Oregon shows a growing number of individuals seeking to die under the state’s Death with Dignity Act.
“In the past two years the number of deaths as a result of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon has nearly doubled,” said Ryan T. Anderson, who researches and writes on physician-assisted suicide at The Heritage Foundation. “In the past 15 years, the number has increased sixfold. If physician-assisted suicide is allowed in other states, we are likely to see a similar growth in the number of deaths by suicide across the U.S.”
“This is a tragedy,” Anderson adds, “as it fails to respect the equal dignity of every life.”
In 2015, the Oregon Public Health Division reported that 132 people died using physician-assisted suicide, compared to 105 the previous year. The number of people who received the life-ending prescription increased from 155 in 2014 to 215 in 2015.
Advocates for physician-assisted suicide attribute the rising numbers to a growing acceptance among doctors to prescribe the life-ending drugs.
“As more physicians recognize that a small percentage of terminally ill adults experience unbearable suffering that no medical treatment can relieve, they are more accepting of voluntary requests for aid in dying medication,” Sean Crowley, media relations director at Compassion and Choices, told The Daily Signal.
However, Crowley said the number of terminally ill adults seeking this option will “always be small.”
“While the percentage of terminally ill adults who utilized medical aid in dying rose by a fraction of a percent to less 0.4 percent of all deaths in Oregon last year and may grow slightly in future years, the percentage will always be very small because hospice and palliative care can provide relief for most dying people,” he said.
In 1997, Oregon became the first state in the nation to legalize physician-assisted suicide. It has since been legalized in Washington, Vermont, and most recently California.
Physician-assisted suicide laws, often titled “Death with Dignity” bills, permit mentally competent, terminally ill adults to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs from their physician.
With the rising acceptance of assisted suicides, many people have been trying to invent new ways of getting the job done efficiently and painlessly. One man nicknamed “Dr. Death” appears to have invented the suicide machine that can double as your coffin. Not only that but the device can be created entirely using a 3-D printer. Australian euthanasia advocate Dr. Philip Nitschke has launched the world’s first 3D-printed machine for committing suicide. The machine – named the Sarco – contains a capsule which can then be detached from the base and used as a coffin.
According to Info Wars:
The new device was recently released at The Exit NuTech Conference in Canada called “New Technologies for a Peaceful DIY Death” in October.
Access to the Sarco capsule is as easy as filling out an online questionnaire, which will provide a four-digit access code. The machine will allow anyone who has the access code to “peacefully and reliably end their life by simply pressing a button”, said Exit International.
Once the access code is entered and the subject is in the device; the capsule will lock and release liquid nitrogen to drop the oxygen level, as one will experience a euphoric and peaceful death within minutes. The capsule will then detach from the Sarco machine and be used as a coffin. The base can be re-used and continue a quiet genocide that is extremely cost effective.
Developed in the Netherlands by Exit Director Dr. Philip Nitschke and Engineer Alexander Bannink, the machine can be 3d-printed and assembled in any location in the world. There is a cause for concern since the machines are printed, of which the technology could fall into the wrong hands. To make matters worse, “design criteria for the Sarco will be free, made open-source, and placed on the internet”, said Exit International.
Sarco inventor Philip Nitschke said the development takes the world one step closer to the goal where any rational person can selectively end their life in a peaceful and reliable way at the time of their choosing. He further said the machine does not use any restricted drugs or complicated inputs; all that is required is liquid nitrogen gas.
Nitschke adds the development of Sarco was in response to the growing demand by the aging population for a better method of assisted-suicide.
As we noted through Visual Capitalist’s Jeff Desjardin report, the global population that is 65 or older will double from 10% to 20% by 2050, signaling that a boom in the assisted-suicide industry could be right around the corner.
Assisted suicide doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. As a matter of fact, it only seems to be growing in popularity as many people who are suffering for various reasons sees it as a painless solution. Of course, there are many people who are opposed to assisted suicide and believe it should be banned completely. What are your thoughts on the suicide machine? Do you think there should be a law to ban assisted suicides, or is it every person’s right to decide? Sound off in the comments below.