Just what the world didn’t need — a suicide machine that promises to make users die pleasurably in just 30 seconds. Ready or not, it’s here. The “Sarco Suicide Pod” has been approved for use in Switzerland, a country that already accommodates “suicide tourism,” that is, for-pay clinics that people attend from around the world to be made dead.
The Swiss blessing of the life-extinguishing machine — the invention of the Australian suicide proselytizer, Philip Nitschke (more about whom below) — received ubiquitous, and mostly non-critical, international media coverage.
For example, Yahoo News described the device as a “3-D-printed portable coffin-like capsule with windows that can be transported to a tranquil place for a person’s final moments of life.” Other than listing the phone number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline — 1-800-273-8255 — no critics were quoted in the story nor were the many pronounced dangers to suicidal people in making self-termination seem desirable, described.