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U.S. assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian dies
Reuters ^ | 06/03/2011

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: deatheater; deathfreak; drdeath; euthanasia; jackkervorkian; kevorkian; murderer; serialkiller

1 posted on 06/03/2011 6:26:08 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I know he’s receing a WARM welcome right now.


2 posted on 06/03/2011 6:27:02 AM PDT by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man.)
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To: SeekAndFind

And I though O’Bummer had hired him to write O’Bummer-Care!!!


3 posted on 06/03/2011 6:28:48 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: SeekAndFind
But Abortion's continue.
4 posted on 06/03/2011 6:30:34 AM PDT by bikerman (Where Has My America Gone?)
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To: chesley

He was an icon in the culture of death for a while. But for some reason, doctor-assisted suicide never really caught on.


5 posted on 06/03/2011 6:31:34 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: tired&retired

Yeah, too bad, he would have made a great Obamacare Czar or the chairman of Obama’s 15 person expert healthcare panel.


6 posted on 06/03/2011 6:31:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

Can I ask the obvious question? Did he do it himself?


7 posted on 06/03/2011 6:32:00 AM PDT by YourAdHere (Joey Greco '12)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wasn’t he Barry’s Health Care Czar?


8 posted on 06/03/2011 6:32:13 AM PDT by South40 (Ron Paul and his flaming antiwar spam monkeys can Kiss my Ass!!" -- Jim Robinson, 09/30/07)
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To: SeekAndFind

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!”


9 posted on 06/03/2011 6:33:01 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: bikerman

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.


10 posted on 06/03/2011 6:35:22 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Prayers for missing Marizela Perez. Prayers for her safe return.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


11 posted on 06/03/2011 6:36:10 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (A government agency is the closest thing to eternal life you'll ever see on Earth. RReagan)
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To: Mich Patriot

“LIKE”


12 posted on 06/03/2011 6:38:08 AM PDT by Fawn (No--bama 2012)
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To: Mich Patriot

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.


13 posted on 06/03/2011 6:39:46 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: Mich Patriot

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.


14 posted on 06/03/2011 6:42:46 AM PDT by mom4melody
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


15 posted on 06/03/2011 6:46:34 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: reagan_fanatic

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.


16 posted on 06/03/2011 6:54:58 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (A government agency is the closest thing to eternal life you'll ever see on Earth. RReagan)
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To: mom4melody

Thank you. Indeed heartbreaking. Nobody gets out alive though, right? :)


17 posted on 06/03/2011 6:56:27 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (A government agency is the closest thing to eternal life you'll ever see on Earth. RReagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


18 posted on 06/03/2011 7:04:26 AM PDT by tjd1454
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To: tjd1454

What an idiot.


19 posted on 06/03/2011 7:12:41 AM PDT by Waco (Nominate Palin or forget 2012 you lost)
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To: tjd1454

O’Bama killed him.


20 posted on 06/03/2011 7:14:41 AM PDT by Surrounded_too
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To: Mich Patriot
I have very mixed feelings about this

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

21 posted on 06/03/2011 7:18:09 AM PDT by Charlespg
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To: Rennes Templar
And it shouldn't have.

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.

22 posted on 06/03/2011 7:21:13 AM PDT by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


23 posted on 06/03/2011 7:23:02 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Paradox: To dumb down the citizenry so they won't think for themselves, the government educates them)
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To: SeekAndFind
Dude needed to die.

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.

24 posted on 06/03/2011 7:24:52 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: SeekAndFind
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25 posted on 06/03/2011 7:25:46 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Mich Patriot
Sorry about your dad.

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.

26 posted on 06/03/2011 7:26:08 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Mich Patriot

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!


27 posted on 06/03/2011 7:31:48 AM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: Wpin

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.


28 posted on 06/03/2011 7:36:01 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (A government agency is the closest thing to eternal life you'll ever see on Earth. RReagan)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

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.


29 posted on 06/03/2011 7:42:02 AM PDT by flintsilver7 (Honest reporting hasn't caught on in the United States.)
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To: reagan_fanatic; Loud Mime; Mich Patriot

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.


30 posted on 06/03/2011 7:47:34 AM PDT by flintsilver7 (Honest reporting hasn't caught on in the United States.)
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To: Rennes Templar; chesley
He was an icon in the culture of death for a while. But for some reason, doctor-assisted suicide never really caught on.

There's no money in it. There's no repeat customers.

31 posted on 06/03/2011 8:05:47 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Lazamataz
Laz you're...(GASP)...You're alive!

A zot hasn't been born yet that could hit laz :)

32 posted on 06/03/2011 8:10:17 AM PDT by Celtic Cross (The brain is the weapon; everything else is just accessories. --FReeper Joe Brower)
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To: Mich Patriot
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.

So pride caused him to shoot himself? That's a sad story all the way around.

If I’m ever in his position, I pray for the courage to do what he did.

I posit that in his case, it would have taken more courage for him to die while being cared for.
33 posted on 06/03/2011 8:10:17 AM PDT by Antoninus (Fair warning to the GOP--nominate a RINO and I'm going 3rd party.)
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To: flintsilver7

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.


34 posted on 06/03/2011 8:12:27 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Prayers for missing Marizela Perez. Prayers for her safe return.)
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To: chesley
Classy






























I was being sarcastic (Could you tell?)
35 posted on 06/03/2011 8:16:40 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: Antoninus
"...it would have taken more courage for him to die while being cared for."

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.

36 posted on 06/03/2011 8:22:14 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (A government agency is the closest thing to eternal life you'll ever see on Earth. RReagan)
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To: Lazamataz

Hey Laz! Welcome back!


37 posted on 06/03/2011 8:39:23 AM PDT by READINABLUESTATE ("It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once" - David Hume)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


38 posted on 06/03/2011 8:41:10 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Rennes Templar
But for some reason, doctor-assisted suicide never really caught on.

Doctor assisted suicide is alive and well and has been for eons ...

39 posted on 06/03/2011 8:42:02 AM PDT by SeeSac
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To: Mich Patriot
What is it with people who think others have no right to die?

Why is it that anti-government folks want the government to step into private decisions on how to live and die?

40 posted on 06/03/2011 8:43:43 AM PDT by SeeSac
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To: SeekAndFind

What a bizarre and thoroughly disgusting human being.


41 posted on 06/03/2011 8:46:06 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu.)
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To: SeeSac

Well put SeeSac.


42 posted on 06/03/2011 8:57:46 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (A government agency is the closest thing to eternal life you'll ever see on Earth. RReagan)
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To: YourAdHere
Can I ask the obvious question? Did he do it himself?

That is the question my wife asked when I told her this morning.

43 posted on 06/03/2011 9:01:46 AM PDT by hoagy62 (Help stamp out crack-pull up your pants.)
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To: Oztrich Boy

Don’t Care


44 posted on 06/03/2011 9:08:44 AM PDT by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man.)
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To: OB1kNOb
May He show mercy in His justice.

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.

45 posted on 06/03/2011 9:12:38 AM PDT by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man.)
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To: Antoninus

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.


46 posted on 06/03/2011 9:16:30 AM PDT by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man.)
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To: flintsilver7

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”.


47 posted on 06/03/2011 9:24:53 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: Mich Patriot
There is no hope or dignity in fighting a disease like this one...there is only pain, suffering, and death.

That is only true if you think there is no value in suffering. As a Catholic, I beg to differ. Very much so. Suffering has tremendous value.

Here is Saint Paul's take: Saint Paul Explains the Meaning of Suffering.

You'll notice that many of the greatest saints of the Catholic Church suffered from horrible physical ailments. John Paul II was a model of suffering to the end. Why? Because we believe that suffering can be redemptive--not just for us, but for those we pray for.
48 posted on 06/03/2011 10:16:20 AM PDT by Antoninus (Fair warning to the GOP--nominate a RINO and I'm going 3rd party.)
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To: SeeSac

Excellent point!


49 posted on 06/03/2011 1:05:26 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: SeekAndFind

Some how I don’t think flights of angels welcomed him home.


50 posted on 06/03/2011 3:33:35 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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