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New Machine Promotes Suicide by Including Detachable Coffin

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 Nov 21
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A controversial new machine has been released by Exit International, an organization that advocates for euthanasia.

According to, the new machine is called the Sarco capsule and comes with a detachable coffin, which supposedly streamlines the process of taking one’s own life. The new device was demonstrated at the “New Technologies for a Peaceful DIY Death,” conference, which was held in Toronto, Canada in October.

A potential user of the machine would need to access a code online to get into the capsule. The person lies down in the capsule and pushes a button which releases liquid nitrogen. The oxygen level in the machine will rapidly drop, leading to a speedy death. 

According to, the main part of the machine can then be reused once the coffin is detached.

Dr. Philip Nitschke, who designed the machine, explained what he believes are its best features:

“Sarco does not use any restricted drugs, or require any special expertise such as the insertion of an intravenous needle. Anyone who can pass the entry test, can enter the machine and legally end their life.”

The Sarco was created to meet the growing demand by the aging population for a better method of assisted-suicide, according to Nitschke.


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Publication date: November 21, 2017