Dying 'Dr. Death' Has Second Thoughts About Assisting Suicides
Dr Kevorkian: Says he has helped over 130 people to die
May 26, 2006 â€” 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 â€” not about his dedication to the "death with dignity" movement, but on how he went about promoting it....
I am NOT a supporter of Dr. Kevorkian, however his attorney makes an interesting comment regarding the Supreme Court. Since this issue will not go away (you can be sure of that)it seems that the Court would be more interested in confirming the conviction than hearing (in quite a speedy manner, I might add) the petition of a bimbo who bamboozled a senile oversexed old man. Maybe the Supremes could relate more to an old millionaire seeking a tryst than they can to a dying cancer patient.
"In a series of national polls, a majority of Americans expressed their support for Kevorkian's release. It's unclear, however, whether an outpouring of public opinion would do anything to help Kevorkian's bid for freedom.
Kevorkian, Morganroth said, "gets petitions, letters by the carload of support. I get them, too. I just tell them forward them to the governor."
This is a very difficult subject, as to when a doctor should pull the plug as one is kept artificially alive. But, to start killing those who wish to die to avoid suffering, is indeed another matter.
He won't be getting my letter asking for his release so he can promote the legalization of assisted suicide. That is what we can murder in the first and second degree.