Skip to comments.U.S. assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian dies
Posted on 06/03/2011 6:26:03 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, known as "Dr. Death" for helping more than 100 people end their lives, died early on Friday at age 83, his lawyer said.
Kevorkian died at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he had been hospitalized for about two weeks with kidney and heart problems, said Mayer Morganroth, Kevorkian's attorney and friend.
Kevorkian, a pathologist, was imprisoned for eight years for second-degree murder and was paroled in 2007. As a condition of his parole, he vowed not to assist in any suicides.
He was convicted after a CBS News program aired showing a video of Kevorkian administering lethal drugs to a 52-year-old man suffering from debilitating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
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I know he’s receing a WARM welcome right now.
And I though O’Bummer had hired him to write O’Bummer-Care!!!
He was an icon in the culture of death for a while. But for some reason, doctor-assisted suicide never really caught on.
Yeah, too bad, he would have made a great Obamacare Czar or the chairman of Obama’s 15 person expert healthcare panel.
Can I ask the obvious question? Did he do it himself?
Wasn’t he Barry’s Health Care Czar?
Day of the funeral comes, the old priest arrives, it’s time for him to give the eulogy. He totters up to the pulpit, looks out at the very few people who’ve bothered to show up, and says the one nice thing there is to say about the dead old man:
“His attorney was worse!”
you have hit the nail on the head. Abortions are the worst act of our society. The child has no say in the matter, which was far different than what DocK. was doing.
I TOTALLY disagree with his conviction and imprisonment. I think people have a right to end their own lives in cases involving terminal illness...this is just another unnecessary gubermint intervention.
My dad was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gherig’s Disease) in 2009. It is horrible disease that ends very badly and removes the patient’s dignities rather quickly. Six months of rapid decline later, he dialed 9-1-1 and waited to hear the sirens before killing himself on the porch with a rifle. Doctor-assisted suicide would have been a better option in his case.
I’m so sorry about your Dad. I’m really torn on this issue - I don’t think it’s right for a person to commit suicide, but on the other hand I cannot imagine how horrible it must be to waste away in prolonged pain, knowing that the end result will be your death anyway.
I am so sorry about your father. That breaks my heart to hear of someone suffering so much that a life comes to an end like that.
He murdered a Massachusetts woman who seemed to suffering from nothing worse than a temporary bout of depression. He was an evil man, fascinated by death, not a merciful angel.
Thanks. He was very independent and a great community guy. He wasn’t about to have his meals delivered and his butt wiped. They even had bathers scheduled.
If I’m ever in his position, I pray for the courage to do what he did. As shocking and horrible as it was, we completely understood. To call the police like that, wait for sirens, and go outside to spare the house. Even asked the cops to make sure the dog was given to the correct person.
Thank you. Indeed heartbreaking. Nobody gets out alive though, right? :)
The interesting thing here is that Kevorkian apparently stuck it out to the bitter end, clinging to whatever hope and the very last bit of life available to him - in stark contrast to his infamous willingness to prematurely end the lives of those who were suffering far less than he did.
What an idiot.
O’Bama killed him.
on one hand my fear is that doctor assisted suicide opens the door to doctors killing terminal patients without their consent
on the other my father died a long death with prostate cancer,near the end not even morphine can kill the pain
if there was some way to guarantee that patients are making a well informed decision on their own without coercion
But anyway, I'm sure he's reminiscing about old times with Satan over a long draft of lava right now, and planning His Satanic Majesty's next assault upon God's creation.
Apparently Dr. Death didn’t practice what he preached.....except on others. It’s a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. May He show mercy in His justice.
However, there should be a mechanism in place for people who are of sound mind, that wish to depart the mortal coil.
This guy was an ass about it.
The issue of assisted suicide is a tricky one. I liked how they handled it in the old days. Like when the doctor would give you a bottle of pills for the pain, and "warn" you that if you took too many at once you'd never wake up.
But Kevorkian was a terrible advocate. I really think he was a serial killer hiding as a doctor. He killed people who were merely depressed or had curable or treatable illnesses. He just liked to kill people.
I am very sorry for what you and your father have endured.
It occurs to me that the difference in regards to someone else taking our lives is that there is too much room for abuse, especially with the government being involved. I was diagnosed with Kidney cancer last year and had an opportunity to explore the “option” of controlling my own death. I am open minded about that, but would not want a doctor, who by regulation pressures me or a government representative pressuring me or indeed, a regulation whereby I would not be eligible for life lengthening treatment. All these things are real possibilities when government “legalizes” killing the ill, even at their own request. Our society has diminished the value of life enough.
BTW, I had surgery and at this point it looks very good that they got the cancer!
Awesome news on your surgery...I wish you the best.
You (and others here) make some great points about assisted suicide. My point is I think we need SOMETHING, but indeed there must be a process to eliminate abuse, make sure the patient is of sound mind and indeed terminal, etc.
Entirely unsubstantiated. I don’t mean to defend Kevorkian, but his public stance and publicly known actions do not at all match up with what some “investigative reporters” from the Detroit Free Press allegedly found out.
If indeed he helped people who were not terminally ill, then that’s terribly wrong. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
On one hand, if Kevorkian was helping people commit suicide who were not terminally ill, that’s not far from murder. They may have wanted to die, but not for legitimate reason.
I too am mixed about this. I’ve watched two of my grandparents suffer from cancer. What will happen to a bedridden 90 year old man suffering from bone cancer? My grandfather, a man I loved dearly, wasted away over a period of a few months with a terminal (and very painful) illness. The inevitable result was death.
Consider the case of Terri Schiavo, who was left to starve and dehydrate, Nazi-style, over a period of 13 days in a “health care” facility. Logically, once you decide you will not provide her with food and water, she’s going to die. It’s been established she can’t get that on her own. Why people somehow think it’s acceptable that she died of “natural causes” is beyond me.
Once a person is going to die, I believe there should be an option to do so humanely. I am not sure why it is believed that euthanasia is wrong but suffering in pain to an inevitable death is right. I do not know the full depth of what Kevorkian did and I don’t think anybody but God does. I don’t mean to defend him, but the theoretical concepts he put forward have merit.
There's no money in it. There's no repeat customers.
A zot hasn't been born yet that could hit laz :)
terminally ill? That’s an interesting concept. We’re all terminal. You can be in a LOT of pain and not be terminal - - kind of.....
I really have mixed feelings about this. My neighbor was living hell on earth with lung cancer and other pains. When he killed himself I could not find one reason to say that he was wrong, because I knew how much he suffered.
Our judgment will be proper. That’s what matters. You do what you think you should do and stand up for your actions.
Read up on the disease and get back to me on that...then I'll have a second opportunity to dismiss your opinion.
There is no hope or dignity in fighting a disease like this one...there is only pain, suffering, and death. What is it with people who think others have no right to die? Is it because "only God can take a life"? If that's the case, he's doing a horrible job w/respect to ALS victims. A cure or an easier out...those are the only decent options.
Hey Laz! Welcome back!
The guy was a good Democrat. They think there’s too many people in the world. Doctors should never be involved. It violates their oath. Have the prison executioners do it.
Doctor assisted suicide is alive and well and has been for eons ...
Why is it that anti-government folks want the government to step into private decisions on how to live and die?
What a bizarre and thoroughly disgusting human being.
Well put SeeSac.
That is the question my wife asked when I told her this morning.
Not very Christian of me, but I would have a hard time sincerely expressing that sentiment, just as I would for Hitler, who at least was dead before I was born, so I never experienced the emotions of the people of the time, like I have for the good doctor.
I can’t ever see me trying to die, regardless of the pain, It goes against my understanding of God’s commands.
But I haven’t been there, so what do I know.
But if I did, I could make the decision myself, and would rather do it myself than drag other people into the decision making process, or have them feeling it was alright to pressure me.
In the case I cited, he killed the young mother of three from Norwood who had no clear diagnosis of a life threatening or limiting illness. She was definitely depressed. And there is evidence that he did more than facilitate deaths, he actually pushed the plunger for some reluctant “patients”.
Some how I don’t think flights of angels welcomed him home.