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German politician invents suicide machine, sparks outrage

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by Jon88, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. Jon88

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    BERLIN, Germany (CNN) -- A former top-level German politician has invented what he calls a "suicide machine" for terminally ill patients who want to die.

    Roger Kusch says terminally ill people should not have to travel to another country to fulfil their death wish.

    "It is the most bearable method for those with a death wish," Roger Kusch told CNN at a presentation of the machine.

    The device is a modified perfusor, a machine normally used to inject medicine over a long period of time, and Kusch has installed a button that allows the patient to set off the mechanism.

    Kusch believes that way the patient is technically killing himself, protecting doctors who would assist by mixing the toxins and setting up the device.

    According to Kusch's method, the suicide machine would administer an anesthetic and a lethal dose of potassium chloride, which would lead to death within minutes.

    German politicians, the medical community and especially churches are outraged by Kusch's presentation of the killing machine.

    "It is against the spirit of our ethics, the spirit of our ethical tradition, the spirit of the Christian image of a human person and against the spirit of our law," Wolfgang Huber, the head of Germany's Lutheran Church, told CNN.

    Huber says society must help terminally ill patients deal with their pain rather then accepting suicide as an option.

    "To those who criticize me, I say: it is none of your business," Kusch said angrily when confronted with the criticism. He says churches and politicians are using phony and cynical arguments and that he believes a majority of Germans have already accepted assisted suicide as an option.

    "There are people who are suffering, and who can't deal with the pain anymore, and I want to help those people."

    The presentation of Kusch's machine comes as Europe is engulfed in a debate about assisted suicide, sparked by the apparent self-killing of Chantal Sebire in France on March 19.

    Sebire suffered from a rare facial tumor and had petitioned French courts and the French government to allow doctors to put an end to her life. She was found dead shortly after losing her case in France's top court.

    Like in many other European countries, actively assisted suicide is illegal in Germany and doctors who help terminally people die face jail. Many Germans travel to neighboring Switzerland where assisted suicide is not punished.

    Kusch, Hamburg's former justice minister, says he wants to spare terminally ill people from having to undertake a long and difficult journey to another country to fulfil their death wish.


    And while many German politicians say the suicide machine is nothing but a sick publicity stunt, Kusch says his goal is to offer terminally ill people an option.

    "My motives are strictly humanitarian," he told CNN, adding that he does not plan to patent or potentially sell the machine, but that he would lend it those wanting to die, only after a strict medical and psychological evaluation.
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  2. zrinkill

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    Old Nazi's must be smiling.
  3. Jon88

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    My position is who are you to tell someone what they can and can't do with own their life?
  4. zrinkill

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    Then you better legalize drugs, prostitution, get rid of speed limits and license rules and let all teenagers kill themselves when they feel like it.

    I mean who are we?
  5. Jon88

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    No, you don't have to do all that because of legalizing this kind of suicide. I don't know where you got that idea.
  6. ConcordCowboy

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    After working in a Hospital for the last 21 years I've seen unbelievable suffering...from plenty of awful diseases and no one will EVER convince me that if a person wants to end that suffering...that they shouldn't be allowed too.

    I would say walk or suffer if you will a mile in their shoes.
  7. Jon88

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    Totally agree.
  8. Big Dakota

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    I have a method myself. It's called a bottle of booze and a bottle of pills.
  9. vta

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    Must not work very well... :D
  10. Heisenberg

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    Flawed logic. A lot of those things can directly lead to harm to another person.

    Offing yourself does not.
  11. zrinkill

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    You must have never seen the parents of a teen that killed themselves.
  12. Heisenberg

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    I'm talking about physical harm. Me offing myself does no physical harm to anyone else. If I don't want to be around anymore, so be it. It's no one elses business but my own.
  13. zrinkill

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    Its easy to see who has kids and who does not.
  14. Jon88

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    This is about people with terminal diseases who want to end their lives in a reasonable way. Chill out.
  15. Jon88

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    That's exactly how I see it.

    But I don't have kids or know someone who's teenage son or daughter comitted suicide :rolleyes:
  16. Heisenberg

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    :hammer:

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