Death means different things to people across cultures and religions. Assisted Suicide gives death a permanent and scheduled date. Although questionable, physician assisted deaths are not new.
This type of death was highlighted in mainstream media through Dr. Kevorkian. He was a medical pathologist that helped terminally ill patients end their lives and was eventually prosecuted for it. In an interview with the New York Times he explained his position:
“My ultimate aim is to make euthanasia a positive experience,” he said. “I’m trying to knock the medical profession into accepting its responsibilities, and those responsibilities include assisting their patients with death.”
The argument for assisted suicide is centered around giving the terminally ill individuals who want to end their suffering, a peaceful and dignified way to do it. Philip Nitschke, a pro- euthanasia activist has developed a 3-D printed device to do just that. The Sarcos is a pod where the patient can end their own lives with nitrogen. Nitschke is a staunch supporter of an individuals write to choose.
I believe it is a fundamental human right for every adult of sound mind, to be able to plan for the end of their life in a way that is reliable, peaceful & at a time of their choosing.
Several states such as: Vermont, California and Oregon already permit assisted suicide for patients that have 6 months or less to live. This device may give individuals more autonomy over their own deaths. The legality and the logistics of how a product like this would actually be put into practice has yet to be determined.
The morality of self inflicted death is still up for debate; individuals such as Nitschke are using modern medicine to make the transition between life and death more dignified.