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    'Suicide Pod' That Helps Its Users Die Displayed in Amsterdam (PHOTO)

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    The controversial invention was designed by Dutch activists advocating for the legalization of euthanasia and has stirred vivid debate among social media users.

    A prototype of a suicide machine that gives its users the opportunity to kill themselves with the push of a button has gone on display at a funeral show in the Netherlands, according South China Morning Post.

    The device was designed by Dutch designer Alexander Bannink and Australian activist Philip Nitschke, who have been advocating for the legalization of euthanasia for many years.

    READ MORE: Number of Euthanasia Cases in Netherlands Increases by 10% in 2016

    The machine takes the form of a capsule and contains a reservoir with nitrogen.

    "The person who wants to die presses the button and the capsule is filled with nitrogen. He or she will feel a bit dizzy but will then rapidly lose consciousness and die," Nitschke was quoted by the media outlet as saying.

    The inventors hope to build a fully-functioning model by the end of the year.

    The prototype displayed at the exhibition offers a virtual-reality tour for visitors and gives them a chance to understand how a person who climbs into the capsule feels before ultimately pushing the death button.

    The invention has caused vivid reactions among social media users.

    Some of them support the idea, claiming that it helps diminish human suffering.

    Others, however, criticize the invention, calling it "sickening" and absurd.

     

    Euthanasia became legal in the Netherlands in 2002 under the "Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide (Review Procedures) Act."

    According to the act, euthanasia and assisted suicide are not considered a crime if they are carried out in accordance with several criteria, such as in the case of a patient's "unbearable" suffering; considering an absence of reasonable alternatives and at the patient's own request. The patient must make an informed choice and an opinion of a second doctor is also required.

    Other countries that have legalized euthanasia include Colombia and Luxembourg, with Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Canada and several US states having legalized assisted suicide.

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