‘Suicide bags’ launched in Australia
Voluntary euthanasia campaigners in Australia are prepari timberland ng to distribute specially designed plastic bags to help terminally ill people take their own lives.
The bags have an elasticised opening to provide an airtight seal around the neck, suffocating users, who take a sleeping tablet beforehand.
Speaking at the launch in Brisbane, Dr Nitschke said he will take delivery of 150 bags and distributed them free of charge to long term members of the pro euthanasia group timberland Exit.
The bag allows users to take a sleeping pill while a cord automatically closes around their neck. Death, according to Dr Nitschke, would be neither violent nor traumatic.
He said that in the absence of voluntary euthanasia laws, the kits provided the only option for people lacking the money or connections to kill themselves with drugs.
Newspaper reports in Australia have said a terminally ill patient in Adelaide used one of the devices to commit su timberland icide earlier this month.
The woman had said she could no longer bear her “horrific, pain ridden existence”.
Right to Life groups have demanded an immediate investigation. Peter Beattie, the Premier of Queensland, where the bags are made, has said he would be seeking advice on whether they wer timberland e legal.