Roger Kusch's “Suicide Machine”
'Push-Button' Suicide Machine for Rent
by Another 'Dr. Death'
by Kevin Caruso
March 29, 2008
Jack Kevorkian, an American “right-to-die” advocate who is known to many as “Dr. Death”, and Philip Nitschke, an Australian “right-to-die” advocate, have utilized suicide machines in the past for purposes of assisted suicide, and now another controversial and disturbing suicide apparatus has been unveiled, this time in Germany by a lawyer, politician, “right-to-die” advocate, and perhaps the next “Dr. Death”: Roger Kusch, 53.
Kusch said that the contraption can be rented and later used by others. “Press one button, and seconds later death arrives,” he proclaims.
The machine is purportedly for the terminally ill, but like all suicide machines, how-to books, and drugs, this can easily get into the hands of the mentally ill and thus kill people who could have otherwise received treatment and overcame their suicidal feelings.
Similar to Kevorkian’s and Nitschke’s death boxes, the machine allows for a self-administration of lethal drugs via a two-step process: (1) a needle is placed in a vein; (2) a button is pushed.
Death occurs quickly.
As far as the legality of the contraption, Kusch said: “As long as the ill person makes his own decisions, it is not a punishable offense to rent out such a machine – just as it is no offense to give out a knife or a razor,”
But who will define “ill”? How many doctors and psychiatrists will be required to examine the “ill” person? None? What type of questions will the “ill” person need to respond to? Who will determine the competence of the person?
Countless additional questions come to mind, but the problem with the machine is clear: Many people who ARE NOT terminally ill, but who are suicidal, will rent the machine and kill themselves – that is the sickening reality.
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