Assisted Suicide Pods Shaped Like Coffins Now Legal In Switzerland

The Sarco capsule, 3D-printed capsules created for assisted suicide, which was prototyped in the Netherlands by Dr Philip Nitschke, should be ready for operation in Switzerland by 2022.

Sarco machines – 3D-printed capsules created for assisted suicide — have passed a legal assessment and are now permitted in Switzerland, according to Swiss Info.

The Sarco capsule, which was prototyped in the Netherlands by Dr Philip Nitschke, should be ready for operation in Switzerland by 2022, he told the media. While the Swiss assisted-dying sector requires the consumption of liquid sodium pentobarbital, Sarco can ensure a peaceful death without the use of restricted substances, according to Swiss Info.

The benefit for the person who uses it is that they don’t have to get any permission, they don’t need some special doctor to try and get a needle in, and they don’t need to get difficult drugs to obtain," Nitschke said in a Sarco demonstration last year.

Nitschke told Swiss Info that the capsule is activated from within and maybe towed to a site where the victim desires to die, such as an outdoor space or the facilities of an assisted suicide group. Once launched, the capsule quickly fills its inside with nitrogen and depletes its oxygen supply, causing the individual to lose consciousness and eventually die without suffocating or panicking, he explained.

Source - Yahoo News

According to The Guardian, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada, and Colombia, all permit assisted suicide, albeit each has its own set of regulations. Almost every country and state that permitting the procedure requires individuals to have a terminal illness that is incurable and causes them suffering.

Switzerland has no laws prohibiting the practice and only considers it an offence to assist a suicide if it’s done with selfish motives, The Guardian reported. In the Netherlands, euthanasia can be requested by anyone 12 years old and older who has “unbearable suffering with no prospect of improvement," but parental consent is required if a child is under 16.

Switzerland has no rules banning the practice and considers assisting suicide to be an offence only if it is committed for selfish purposes, according to The Guardian. In the Netherlands, anybody 12 years or older who is experiencing “unbearable suffering with no prospect of improvement," may seek euthanasia, however, parental consent is essential if the child is under the age of 16.

According to Dutch News, euthanasia reached a peak in the Netherlands in 2020, with 6,938 operations done, a 9 percent rise over the previous year.

These figures are part of a larger development," Recourt told Trouw. “More and more generations see euthanasia as a solution for unbearable suffering." He added, “But the thought that euthanasia is an option in the case of hopeless suffering is very reassuring."

Source – Business Insider

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