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Dying 'Dr. Death' Has Second Thoughts About Assisting Suicides
ABC News ^ | May 26, 2006 | LARA SETRAKIAN

Posted on 05/26/2006 10:37:54 AM PDT by Abathar

Today, on his 78th birthday, Jack Kevorkian, the man known as "Dr. Death," is slowly dying in prison.

And, according to his lawyer, Kevorkian seems to have second thoughts about helping people die.

For years, Kevorkian was the center of a national debate around the highly controversial questions surrounding physician-assisted suicide or "mercy killing:" Do the terminally ill have the right to choose when and how they die? Do doctors have the ability, even an obligation, to help them die as they choose?

Now, as he sits in jail, Kevorkian may have had a change of heart — not about his dedication to the "death with dignity" movement, but on how he went about promoting it.

Specifically, he questions the more than 100 suicides he said he assisted throughout the 1990s. One assisted suicide — the death of Lou Gehrig's disease patient Thomas Youk, which was taped and broadcast on "60 Minutes" in 1998 — earned him a prison sentence of 15 years to 20 years for second degree murder.

"He did what he did, and it brought it to public awareness [of physician-assisted suicide]," said Kevorkian's attorney, Mayer Morganroth. "He now realizes that having performed it when it was against the law, wasn't the, probably, appropriate way to go about it. … What he should have done was work towards its legalization verbally. … Pursuing that cause, and not performing it because it still was against the law."

'He Gets Depressed at Times'

Less than a week ago, Morganroth publicly stated that doctors had told Kevorkian he had less than a year to live.

Kevorkian suffers from Hepatitis C, which he contracted during service in Vietnam. Morganroth said Kevorkian's liver enzyme levels were three to four times above normal — a clear signal his liver was failing.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: abcnews; assistedsuicide; cultureofdeath; drdeath; euthanasia; jackkevorkian; kevorkian; mayermorganroth; medicide; morganroth; prolife
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1 posted on 05/26/2006 10:37:56 AM PDT by Abathar
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2 posted on 05/26/2006 10:40:22 AM PDT by evets (ibtz)
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To: Abathar
"He now realizes that having performed it when it was against the law, wasn't the, probably, appropriate way to go about it. … What he should have done was work towards its legalization verbally. … Pursuing that cause, and not performing it because it still was against the law."

So I started reading it thinking he'd had a change of heart. He's not sorry. He's just sorry that he got caught.

3 posted on 05/26/2006 10:40:44 AM PDT by Zeppelin (Texas Longhorns === National Champions !!!)
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To: Abathar

GOD is waiting for you you pos.


4 posted on 05/26/2006 10:41:08 AM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: Abathar
From the article: "Stands by His Position, but Wouldn't Do it Again

"While Kevorkian stands firmly by the cause of physician-assisted suicide, his lawyer said he would promote the movement by speaking out or writing, not by helping out in any more suicides.

"At this point, he would never perform it again," Morganroth said. "But he certainly would work towards getting it legalized wherever possible."

5 posted on 05/26/2006 10:42:06 AM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Abathar
Specifically, his lawyer suggests, he questions the more than 100 suicides he said he assisted throughout the 1990s. One assisted suicide — the death of Lou Gehrig's disease patient Thomas Youk, which was taped and broadcast on "60 Minutes" in 1998 — earned him a prison sentence of 15 years to 20 years for second degree murder.

Amazing what people will do for their 15 minutes of fame...

6 posted on 05/26/2006 10:42:33 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: Zeppelin

That's what I got from the article as well.


7 posted on 05/26/2006 10:42:52 AM PDT by Mazda3Fan
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To: Zeppelin
"So I started reading it thinking he'd had a change of heart. He's not sorry. He's just sorry that he got caught."

Exactly.

8 posted on 05/26/2006 10:42:59 AM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: evets

Right on!


9 posted on 05/26/2006 10:43:38 AM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: Abathar

Dear Jack,

Do try and plan a vacation in Siberia before you go. I hear hell is hot.


10 posted on 05/26/2006 10:44:10 AM PDT by Old_Mil (http://www.constitutionparty.org - Forging a Rebirth of Freedom.)
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To: Abathar

I thought that doctors took an oath and part of that oath states, "First, do no harm".


11 posted on 05/26/2006 10:44:31 AM PDT by Mazda3Fan
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To: Abathar
So basically what it boils down to is he's figured out why the euthanasia movement hates him.
12 posted on 05/26/2006 10:44:41 AM PDT by discostu (get on your feet and do the funky Alphonzo)
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To: Abathar
If the Angel of Death wasn't a militant atheist,I'd encourage him to use the time he has left to make peace with his Creator.

Message to Jack: you'd better hope that you guessed correctly regarding the existence of God and judgment in some "after-life",'cause if you guessed wrong,you're gonna have a serious problem in the not-too-distant future.

13 posted on 05/26/2006 10:45:47 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: jazusamo

This creep was in Vietnam? He got HEP C in Vietnam! I wonder if he was a doctor there and if he put any of our boys to death there. Vietnam must of been a joy for him around all that death and dying. I shudder to think of his time in Vietnam!!!


14 posted on 05/26/2006 10:46:14 AM PDT by mandingo republican (Libs are Moloch worshipers I tell ya! - FREE HK, CUBA & IRAN - SATAN was the first liberal!)
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To: Abathar
One assisted suicide — the death of Lou Gehrig's disease patient Thomas Youk, which was taped and broadcast on "60 Minutes" in 1998

60 minutes...herald of all sorts of morbidity over the years.

Thank God Dan Rather got booted, thanks to FR.

15 posted on 05/26/2006 10:46:26 AM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: Abathar
...the man known as "Dr. Death," is slowly dying in prison.

So?

16 posted on 05/26/2006 10:46:48 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Abathar
Kevorkian seems to have second thoughts about helping people die.

DOOHH!

17 posted on 05/26/2006 10:48:28 AM PDT by Fido969
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To: Abathar
Scr*w you Kevorkian, and the rest of your democrat party death cult. You murdered over 100 people, some of whom had no real physical illness, were not at all terminal or in pain, but suffering mental delusions.

Do me a favor and rot. Too bad your evil mega-crook shyster and leading Michegan democrat Geoffrey Fieger is not yet behind bars with you.


18 posted on 05/26/2006 10:48:38 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (No program, no ideas, no clue: The democrats!)
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To: Abathar
He's terminally ill? Sorry to hear that.

I'll pray for him.
19 posted on 05/26/2006 10:48:39 AM PDT by Antoninus (Ginty for US Senate -- NJ's primary day is June 6 -- www.gintyforsenate.org)
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To: Zeppelin

It's always a problem when some editor chooses a title that is inconsistent with what the author wrote.


20 posted on 05/26/2006 10:48:48 AM PDT by Canedawg (In God We Trust)
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To: mandingo republican

Yeah, this guy is sick in the head. You can bet he didn't acquire his death outlook in his later years in life.


21 posted on 05/26/2006 10:49:58 AM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: onedoug

I remember he put a proposal to the Pentagon for soldiers to be given a blood transfusion kit in case they where wounded in battle they would go up to the dead and dying on the battle field and just take their blood to stay alive! Goulish! The government turned him down.


22 posted on 05/26/2006 10:50:18 AM PDT by mandingo republican (Libs are Moloch worshipers I tell ya! - FREE HK, CUBA & IRAN - SATAN was the first liberal!)
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To: FormerACLUmember

you know, the Democrats' slogan should be... (read my tagline, brand new, spurred by your post!)


23 posted on 05/26/2006 10:50:53 AM PDT by Zeppelin (The Democratic Party - When You've Just Given on Life)
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To: FormerACLUmember

you know, the Democrats' slogan should be... (read my tagline, brand new, spurred by your post!)


24 posted on 05/26/2006 10:51:03 AM PDT by Zeppelin (The Democratic Party - When You've Just Given up on Life)
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To: evets
So you mean sticking out you're tongue and going "Naa-na-na-na-na, can't catch me!" to the legal system may not have been an intelligent strategy??

Facinating.

25 posted on 05/26/2006 10:51:42 AM PDT by MichiganMan (Thank Michael Moore for 2004!!)
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To: Abathar

I notice he isn't asking for assisted suicide for himself.

Much as I dislike what he did during his lifetime, I do pray that he makes things right with his Maker before going to meet Him and makes things right with the society he has wronged as well. A recanting of his position would be welcome and hopefully help to restrain some of the evil he's promoted.


26 posted on 05/26/2006 10:53:48 AM PDT by TruthSetsUFree
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To: Zeppelin

Mors Vincet Omnia! (Death conquers all!): The permanet motto and platform of the evil 'rats and every crooked managed care HMO in America!


27 posted on 05/26/2006 10:55:10 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (No program, no ideas, no clue: The democrats!)
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To: Abathar

He did unto others when they were dying -- will he do it unto himself? I doubt it.


28 posted on 05/26/2006 10:56:45 AM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: FormerACLUmember
"Mors Vincet Omnia! (Death conquers all!): The permanet motto and platform of the evil 'rats and every crooked managed care HMO in America!"

Yep. But still sad to see such a noble mule used to illustrate the party of DEATH. Their symbol should be a parsnip, or a Brussels sprout, or something REEEEELY nasty...

29 posted on 05/26/2006 11:01:56 AM PDT by redhead (The REAL redhead -- not the lefty imitation.)
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To: evets

I have always held that Kevorkian was a serial killer who thought he had found the perfect cover.


30 posted on 05/26/2006 11:03:48 AM PDT by ShandaLear (Gringos Unite!!!)
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To: ShandaLear

good theory. i could see that


31 posted on 05/26/2006 11:04:30 AM PDT by Zeppelin (Texas Longhorns === National Champions)
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To: Gay State Conservative

> Message to Jack: you'd better hope that you guessed correctly regarding the existence of God and judgment in some "after-life",'cause if you guessed wrong,you're gonna have a serious problem in the not-too-distant future.


Same message to everyone everywhere. Have you accepted Crom yet? Or will you spend eternity in Hell?


32 posted on 05/26/2006 11:04:45 AM PDT by orionblamblam (I'm interested in science and preventing its corruption, so here I am.)
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To: Abathar

Jack the Crypt Keeper


33 posted on 05/26/2006 11:05:31 AM PDT by polymuser (Losing, like flooding, brings rats to the surface.)
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To: Abathar

IIRC, several of his victims were not terminally ill.


34 posted on 05/26/2006 11:05:56 AM PDT by Little Ray (If you want to be a martyr, we want to martyr you.)
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To: evets
LOLOLOLOLOLOL
35 posted on 05/26/2006 11:06:19 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Conservatism is moderate, it is the center, it is the middle of the road)
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To: sageb1
"So I started reading it thinking he'd had a change of heart. He's not sorry. He's just sorry that he got caught."

No, he's sorry he didn't go about it in a more productive manner.

36 posted on 05/26/2006 11:06:42 AM PDT by AlaskaErik (Everyone should have a subject they are ignorant about. I choose professional corporate sports.)
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To: JohnLongIsland
GOD is waiting for you you pos

Someone is waiting for him, but I doubt it's God...

37 posted on 05/26/2006 11:07:31 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Conservatism is moderate, it is the center, it is the middle of the road)
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To: mandingo republican
This creep was in Vietnam? He got HEP C in Vietnam! I wonder if he was a doctor there and if he put any of our boys to death there. Vietnam must of been a joy for him around all that death and dying. I shudder to think of his time in Vietnam!!!

There's a difference between saving the lives of young warriors who want to live and helping the terminally ill end their suffering at their request.

38 posted on 05/26/2006 11:08:35 AM PDT by AlaskaErik (Everyone should have a subject they are ignorant about. I choose professional corporate sports.)
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To: Abathar

Getting a little close to the Great White Thrown Judgement for him? Smelling Smoke?


39 posted on 05/26/2006 11:12:36 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Zeppelin
"So I started reading it thinking he'd had a change of heart. He's not sorry. He's just sorry that he got caught. "

No, he just thought that enough people thought the way he did that he would get acquitted in a jury trial, that and the fact the guy had to push the button himself to get the gas. Jeffery Figer was his attorney back then, they should have through him in the cell next to him as far as I am concerned.

40 posted on 05/26/2006 11:17:05 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: Abathar

He got Hep C in Vietnam? Was he doing drugs?


41 posted on 05/26/2006 11:19:30 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

That's the usual way, or from too many visits to a local whore house.


42 posted on 05/26/2006 11:23:11 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: 2banana

Amazing what people will do for their 15 minutes of fame...



Amazing how sitting in a prison cell for all those years will make you see the error of you ways. I wonder had he not been sentenced to prison would he regret his decisions. I have to think probably not.


43 posted on 05/26/2006 11:25:54 AM PDT by reillygirl246
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To: ShandaLear
I have always held that Kevorkian was a serial killer who thought he had found the perfect cover.

He certainly got his jollies from it. I remember his grinning, defiant face on TV, along with his accomplice lawyer - whose name escapes me.

44 posted on 05/26/2006 11:30:47 AM PDT by Socratic ("I'll have the roast duck with the mango salsa.")
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To: Abathar

Sounds as though he is suffering.

Maybe he can get a helping hand . . . .


45 posted on 05/26/2006 11:33:48 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Abathar

He has less than a year to live?? Can't we take him to the Dr. or something???

46 posted on 05/26/2006 11:35:59 AM PDT by proud_2_B_texasgal
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To: Socratic

Geoffery Fieger, leading Dem lawyer in Michigan.


47 posted on 05/26/2006 11:36:03 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: Little Ray

yep and some were just depressed. All they needed was some counseling and a good Pyschiatrist, but nope Dr. Death has the cure! It is sad he is just realizing that his way was not the way to go, but too little too late.


48 posted on 05/26/2006 11:38:18 AM PDT by Halls (One Proud Texas Momma!!)
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To: Abathar
In other words, he doesn't want to pay the consequences of his freely chosen actions.

I have no pity for this monster. I will pray that he repent in time, but I doubt that it will happen.
49 posted on 05/26/2006 11:39:11 AM PDT by chesley (Republicans don't deserve to win, but America does not deserve the Dhimmicrats.)
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To: orionblamblam

Isn't Crom a made-up god? By R. E. Howard? 'Course there are lots of pagan mythologies that I'm not familiar with. I


50 posted on 05/26/2006 11:43:17 AM PDT by chesley (Republicans don't deserve to win, but America does not deserve the Dhimmicrats.)
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