Australia’s Philip Nitschke’s “life’s work” is to make it easier for anyone who wants death to off themselves, and for any reason. He travels the world giving “how to” seminars and has even trained people to buy suicide drugs in Mexico and sneak them home.

When I was in Australia in 2001, I made front page news by exposing him for importing suicide bags — a story that sparked some real trouble for him, I am proud to say. Now, an anti-euthanasia group has accused him of using his beer brewing hobby to cover for his real suicide avocation. From the story:

Exit International director Dr Philip Nitschke, 65, from Coolalinga, is under investigation by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Euthanasia prevention group Hope complained about him because he is importing nitrogen cylinders through his company Max Dog Brewing, and have accused him of selling them for unassisted death. Dr Nitschke said they are for beer-making — his hobby for 20 years — and said he has sold 50 of them and has orders for 100 more. But Exit’s November newsletter openly advertises euthanasia with the Max Dog Brewing cylinders as “100 per cent lawful and undetectable”.

Knowing Nitschke, the charges are true. Dispicable, awful disgrace to medicine. His license should have been stripped long ago.

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Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC
Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC