Swiss 'suicide capsule' should spur response

Swiss 'suicide capsule' should spur response

Swiss 'suicide capsule' should spur response

An attorney and advocate for patients' rights says the dramatic changes going on in medicine, particularly regarding euthanasia, should wake people up to the need to establish an official will in writing.

Assisted suicide in Europe and in the states began with the basics but has expanded to the extent that assisted suicide is available to European children and mental patients, and the elderly there are allowed to die when they feel they have lived their life and want to end it.

Marker, Rita (Patients Rights Council) Marker

Rita Marker of the Patients Rights Council says the practice has been expanding all along, and now suicide proponent Philip Nietzsche has developed a machine that is a combination death capsule and ready-made coffin.

"He has that pod that has been somewhat approved in Switzerland which is his suicide pod," Marker notes. "But he's also working on something now where there would be an implant so that people could have that implanted, and it would actually set off inside of them a lethal dose of something that would kill them, and it would go off unless they disable it every day."

And Marker is not surprised by the renewed campaign to kill people with dementia.

"It takes away what they used to call safeguards and are now called barriers," she relays. "The big barrier now is that they're saying, 'Well, gee, you know, it would really be good, it would really save the family a lot of trouble and a lot of worry if they could in fact be able to make sure that people with dementia, and themselves if they have dementia, that they would die.'"

Marker believes that is reason enough for people to put their instructions for such cases in writing and to select someone they trust to enforce their will if they cannot do so themselves.