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Pro-euthanasia campaigner Dr Philip Nitschke has featured in a video about euthanasia shown in UK schools, the UK’s Daily Mail has reported
The video, which is being shown to school children as young as 14, shows Dr Nitschke demonstrating a “euthanasia machine” which delivers lethal injections. He is also shown giving workshops on different methods of assisted suicide, which have been criticised as an “invitation to commit suicide” by church leaders. Suicide is a leading cause of death
among teenagers and young adults, accounting for nearly 20% of all deaths of 15-19 year old males, and more than 15% of females in the same age group.
The controversial Dr Nitschke stated in a 2001 interview
that euthanasia information, and indeed euthanasia itself, should be provided to “anyone who wants it, including the depressed, the elderly bereaved, the troubled teen”.
Dr Nitschke stood by those comments in 2009 when appearing before the Tasmanian Parliament
: “I think there are probably better ways to put it... nevertheless that is my personal position here”.
That personal position also includes making euthanasia available for teenagers with cancer and the elderly who are not sick but just "tired of life". Dr Nitschke has also argued that the “peaceful pill should be available in the supermarket so that those old enough to understand death could obtain death peacefully at the time of their choosing”.
This latest controversy involving Dr Nitschke further reveals his apparent agenda for normalising suicide.