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Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide - Jack Kevorkian

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During the 1990s, Jack Kevorkian was undoubtedly the most well known assisted suicide and euthanasia advocate in the world. A retired pathologist from Michigan, Kevorkian made headlines internationally when he undertook a well publicized assisted-suicide campaign between 1990 and 1998 that reportedly ended the lives of approximately one hundred thirty people. Some of those whose deaths Kevorkian facilitated were terminally ill and diagnosed as having less than six months to live, but most were disabled or chronically ill. According to autopsy reports, four of the people whose suicides Kevorkian helped had no discernible organic illness.

Kevorkian's campaign began on 4 June 1990, when he assisted the suicide of Janet Adkins, a woman diagnosed with early Alzheimer's disease. At the time, Michigan had no law against assisted suicide and Kevorkian was not arrested. His next publicly acknowledged assisted suicide was conducted on 23 October 1991, when Kevorkian made headlines for assisting the suicide of two women at the same location, one with multiple sclerosis and another who complained of chronic, severe pelvic pain. Kevorkian was arrested for murder but the case was dismissed. The prosecution appealed and the state legislature hastily cobbled together a poorly worded, temporary criminal statute proscribing assisted suicide intended to "stop Kevorkian."

Kevorkian openly defied the law and was arrested, tried, and acquitted. The temporary prohibition lapsed but the prosecution's earlier appeal succeeded when the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that assisted suicide was a common law felony in Michigan (People of Michigan v. Jack Kevorkian). Kevorkian was again arrested and tried. Once again, a jury found him not guilty. A third case against Kevorkian was later declared a mistrial because of the courtroom conduct of Kevorkian's lawyer, and the case was dropped. Kevorkian, it seemed, had a free hand.

In 1998, Kevorkian's actions grew increasingly erratic. In June, after he assisted the suicide of Joseph Tushkowski, a man with quadriplegia, Kevorkian held a press conference in which he claimed to have procured the man's kidneys, and offered them for organ transplant, "first come, first served." There were no takers. In late October, he videotaped himself lethally injecting Thomas Youk, an ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) patient. Kevorkian then took the tape to CBSTelevision's news program 60 Minutes, which aired it to a nationwide audience, during which Kevorkian dared the authorities to prosecute him. Kevorkian was arrested and convicted of second-degree murder. He is currently in prison for a term of ten to twenty-five years.

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about 9 years ago

He is a GOOD MAN. How dare you call what he did a travesty! You put your cats and dogs to sleep so what makes you think if you're suffering you shouldn't either. Don't tell me that animals don't have souls because humans are animals too. Filthy little animals who only believe in GOD so they can blame their hopes and problems on. Pitiful.

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almost 7 years ago

I'm eighteen yrs old and healthy. But if I was old and in a wheelchair and in constant pain, I would not want to live that way. Yes, i would consider euthanasia.

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almost 7 years ago

First off, I am pro euthanasia. Second, you people that are calling Kevorkian a monster and a horrible person need to put yourselves in the shoes of others. I understand everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I respect that. However, this is mine. I believe that Jack Kevorkians actions, in some ways, are admirable. He HELPED terminally ill people with no hope to recover to end their pain, and do it in a humane manner. I am a christian, however, I think saying things such as suicide is a sin and implying that a person will go to hell for ending their endless pain is HORRIBLE. If I had a loved one who chose euthanasia/suicide and someone said such a thing to me, I would be infuriated. It is insensative. God is supposed to love everyone, and not want people to suffer. If he is the all loving spirit everyone claims he is, he would not damn someone to hell for ending the pain that cannot be stopped. A person can only tolerate so much before enough is enough. Also, I am a huge animal lover, however, they ARE treated more humanely that human beings. Which is terribly wrong. Don't get me wrong, I am all for the humane treatment of animals, it's only fair. But where is the humane treatment for human beings? What if that was your family?

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over 9 years ago

i admire him because he put those who were suffering through a painless death euthanasia should be legal

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almost 11 years ago

I am a retired Respiratory Therapist after a 30+ year career in the medical field. I certainly support and respect Dr Kevorkian and his efforts to end human suffering. God bless you Dr.Kevorkian. Sincerely, Roger Royce

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almost 8 years ago

Today is the 17th of May... Yesterday my spouse & I got a call that my Spouse's Brother was on his way out. Long vigil at the hospital expecting him to expire.



The two people that had the power of "Health Care Proxy" were in agreement along with the other blood-related family members that the "DNR" Do not resuscitate order should be honered.



So the hospital staff in critical care did finally remove the resuscitation tubing for respiration.



We were hoping that our family member would expire peacefully in a few hours, with medications to ease any pain or misery, because he never wanted to have extrordonairy measures to save his life.



Summery



I believe in a way for a person that wants to end it all & is in sound mind to elect for a process that allows him or her to do it & without legal consequences for that action to the person that assists!



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over 6 years ago

It's ridiculous that regulated and patient agreed euthanasia still hasn't been legalized in this country when abortion was first.There's no pill giving someone a 99%chance of not getting Lou Gerrick's disease or MS,and suffering horribly.We don't even let our terminally ill dogs and cats suffer as much as we force humans to.Terminally ill patients deserve the right to choose to end their suffering.

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almost 7 years ago

I know what it is like to be in "their shoes" like everybody keeps saying. I would never NEVER even consider this. This is not a dignified death. This is deninetly not the way i plan on doing it do you know why? Because your not supposed to plan death. Your not supposed to be like oh you know what i want to die today. No you love everyday you get because there is a reason your still hear. You be thankfull that you get a chance to hold your daughters or wifes hand one last time. You make sure you tell them how much they mean to you no matter how much it hurts. You dont think about having a dignified death you tell they people sitting next to you that everything is going to be ok. You let them know that you have to go when its your time to go and you try to make them smile one last time. You tell them that you have a much better place then this waiting for you. You tell them that they should be jelous because you get to meet god and jesus and there stuck here until its there time. and then you smile when they laugh. Then lastly you tell them that you will meet again one day and that death isnt something to be afraid of because its not the end. its only the beggining of something so great that you cant even imagine it.

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about 7 years ago

Hooray for dr jack kevorkian

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about 9 years ago

the guy killed Thomas Youk without even asking if he wanted to be killed! how is that a good thing?



though i do admire him for helping those who ASKED.

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almost 8 years ago

I have seen Dr. K. on tv recently. Even though it appears he doesn't believe in God and I do, I have no problem agreeing with helping people die that have absolutely no hope of a cure. I also have no problem with a person who is mentally ill and tired of living committing suicide. People always talk about how guilty the people left feel. That is not one tenth of the pain, self loathing, depression and misery the person who is going through the mental illness feels. I don't see what the big deal is.

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almost 8 years ago

WOOOHOOO I am totally for euthanasia if someone is deathly ill or in chronic pain who is to take away their right of free will

I am a Christian but I believe with my heart that if i were in that much pain i would call this man so i could visit my father in heaven. I don't believe God would punish those who are in that much pain.

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over 6 years ago

Why does anybody have to be victim of torture? Do you agree with torture? What's the difference between a person suffering a painfull illness like bone's cancer, and a prisioner tied up in a rack torture table? God??? God can torture so and you have to bear this torture stoic? A God that you can't probe if he truly exists only but your faith? I think people that reject euthanasia in such a case they live in fear and darkness, and have no idea of compassion. Dr. Kevorkian was a pioneer, a hero concerned with his fellow's pain. He stands alone and fight against a system obsequent with traditions that doesn't fit anymore in our culture. In a short future societies around the world will accept the right to end with dignity your stay at life on earth, it's just a matter of time. We have to recongnize him for sown the seed for the first time

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almost 7 years ago

I am completely for assisted suicide for one reason. Imagine if you had some sort of terminal illness and you were living knowing that your days were numbered. Every day waking up wondering if today was the day. That is terrible. Everyone should be able to choose death as easily as they choose life. I've been following this issue since I was 17 years old. I am 21 now and I have yet to find something to change my mind. I am a Christian and I do not think that my God would want anyone to suffer unnessasary pain and suffering.

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about 7 years ago

I AM 100% BEHIND ASSISTED SUICIDE. I WOULD HOPE THAT IF I WERE DYING AND IN PAIN, THAT I COULD FIND A COMPASSIONATE DOCTOR WHO WOULD END MY SUFFERING. I HAVE TOLD MY HUSBAND IF I AM SUFFERING FROM A DEADLY DISEASE, TO PLEASE FIND SOMEONE TO PUT ME OUT OF MY MISERY. IF NOT, I WILL SAVE MY MEDICATION AND DO IT MYSELF. I BELIEVE EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO DIE WHEN THEY FEEL THEY ARE READY. DR. KEVORKIAN IS A VERY COMPASSIONATE INDIVIDUAL AND DOCTOR WHICH IS RARE IN THIS DAY AND AGE WHEN EVERYTHING IS ABOUT MONEY. I WOULD LOVE TO MEET HIM SOMEDAY.

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almost 7 years ago

suicide is never right i dont care what you call it i dont care how you do it i dont care why you do it...its wrong

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almost 7 years ago

Anyone who has such strong issues with euthanasia should spend some serious time with patients that are dying a painful, slow death...talk to them. Spend some time in a nursing home, talking with a 97 year old that has full use of her mind but can barely walk 4 feet to the restroom, who prays everyday for God to take her. Being in the medical field changes your perspective.

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over 6 years ago

I am man that believes that if you want out so be it who is anyone to jugde what you do here. i dont think that your a coward or degradeing yourself i just think that its done when you say it is. do you really think we serve a purpose in this life? yes going to work day to day forty hours a week have weekends off sunday football bbq or church or whatever you do on your spear time is circular the same crap day in and out you never stop paying for things you buy a home but its not really yours cause if you dont pay taxes your on the street. you tell me how life is so amazing, i understand people we dont really serve that great of purpose. even those that become ill that cant take much for pain cause everone is trying to nickle and dime them so YES i understand if you want to OFF yourself peacefully

point blank were a grain of sand in a galaxy composited by many galaxys to form a universe of trillions of planets were are nothing more we are not special we not amazing we just reapet the same crap generation to generation exsistantance is futile i live with this truth everyday cause its reality everyone can stay in there five stages of denial forever but i think outside the narrow box that most people do and im fine with it out of all of this i am happy that this man assisted in people wanting to seek a way out this life. one day when near the furture all will die one way or another whether its from heart attack, old age, life threating virus, run over, gunned down something etc thats it ends so why not let these people do what they want.our generations from here will look at this another why probably theyll even have suicide booths on certain sectors of the cities you never know......

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almost 8 years ago

i have read all the comments that have been posted here to this day, and i agree with all. Euthanasia should be something that only a -terminally ill- patient request, not a option pushed by a doctor, and only be made available if there is no cure. it should be legal, try being in the shoes of someone who has a condition, having heard from a doctor that they have so much time to live. They are going to be expecting their death. to me that is not living. How can you be alive when you know you are dying. now, imagine you where the husband, wife, brother, sister, child, parent, etc. of such person. you see his suffering, you see that he knows you suffer from his suffering, and you cant do anything about it, but extend his suffering and yours by extending their life with drugs and controlled substances. now you have not one person who is being affected by this, but you have a whole family who has stopped living, and everyday die a little more along with the patient. I had a very close friend who killed himself because of the suffering his father was going trough. His father was terminally ill, and for 5 years lived out of tubes and a machine, i saw him suffer, i suffered trough his suffering. his dad did not want his son to see him at the hospital, his dad wanted to be euthanized, but could not be so because of the law. just under the 5 year mark of his father being in a hospital, my friend shot himself. months later his father followed. to me that is just one life wasted, and another one tortured. to those religious persons out there how do you think your god will judge you.

-you let your loved one suffer-
-you kept someone alive against his will-
-you helped torture, instead of giving peace to a soul-

compassion being one of the strongest basis for religion, i think we all oversee this. its a act of love and nothing else. it shouldn't be looked at as murder, or assisted suicide or homicide. god forbid you are ever in a position to where you need to make this kind of choice. Dr. Kevorkian tried to make this clear. and i admit his methods where not the best ones, his intentions where. No family, no individual, no being should go trough that much suffering.

And god might or might not have put us on this planet, i believe he did, but isn't a car accident, someone drowning, a shot soldier in a war, any other dead, isn't it considered to be -gods time to take him away from us- then why not euthanasia. it might be god telling us that there is no need for suffering, and its ok for there life to end.

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almost 8 years ago

dr. kevorkian got a bit carried away and arrogant before he was taken to jail. he should not be respected. his acts however were true. i am a cardiovascular surgeon and sometimes, a patient end up with complications. when doctors ealize their is no hope for the patient, they recommend comfort care. basically, you take the person of all life support systems ie: dialysis IV fluids and intubation. then you give them morphine and other sedatives. soon the patient will die with dignity. i am for what dr.kevorkian was trying to do, just not with that attitude

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almost 8 years ago

i just wanted to say that some of the things you guys are saying is terrible. I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but they should first be educated. saying that people will "live throught it" and things like that, we all know people who are terminally ill won't just live through it. I am "pro euthanasia" and i think it is the person's decision, but i am also a christian and have many christian beliefs. i just don't understand why God would put us on this earth to be happy human beings, and if we get a disease would he want us to suffer? maybe these times that people are asking to leave ARE their time to die and they are just in touch with the God and the holy spirit and know when it is their time to leave. i think that people are insightful enough to know when they can't handle it anymore, and that is their right. I think Jack Kevorkian did a good thing by helping people do what they needed to do, and he should not be attacked as much as he is. Although i may believe different things, i respect all of your opinions with an open mind.

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about 8 years ago

While I respect Kevorkian for bringing to light PSA and making it a more talked about issue I don't think I can agree with how he flaunted it. Offering kidneys from a person he just helped die? Making a video of a woman and sending it to a national TV show? I believe in assisted suicide and completely support it but I also repsect the people who don't believe in it and think flaunting it like he did was the unethical and just flat out rude part of this whole controversy.

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about 8 years ago

If you read what all of you have said the only ones that say it is wrong and unethical are the ones who believe in God. While I also believe in God I do believe in assisted suicide. My grandfather was diagnosed with Alzhiemers when I was 3 years old and lived until I was 13. For ten years I watched a man I adored wither away to nothing. He had a friend with the same disease and had always told my grandmother if it happened to him to take him out back and shoot him. While of course we would have never done that, if a doctor like Kevorkian had been around to assist my grandfather I would have given him a call. At a certain point it is just cruel to the patient and the family to have to go through something that terrible. I understand that not everyone will agree with this but I'm not heartless, in fact the opposite. I loved my grandfather so much but the pain and sorrow it put not only my entire family through but my grandfather as well, it wasn't worth keeping him alive for the last 3 years. He was gone and was in and out of the hospital weekly. That is no way to live and I thank Kevorkian for stepping up and I'm sorry he had to spend 8 years in prison for it. And by the way 8 years is a long time. Try spending the next 8 years of your life in prison and tell me how it feels.

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about 9 years ago

danielle...are you mentally ill!? I am a college student at a catholic university, and even I think what you are saying is asinine. Saying that you "have the sense to see that there must be a higher power in control" is ridiculous. Don't base your faith on your intelligence. I know plenty of people who have faith in a higher power and are dumb as a rock. And humans SHOULD BE compared to animals. That is the only way for people to see that we should not control the world. Animals have just as much right to be here as we do. And to think any differently is not only ridiculous but also putting yourself on the same level of what ever higher power you believe in. Every form of life should be respected, and if we can allow to make the decision to put animals to sleep, then we should have the same privilege for ourselves. Don't be a hypocrite. If you're not willing to put yourself to rest when you're in pain and dying, then don't do so to your animals. And the funny part is, I don't even like what Kevorkian did. I'm not even a "animal rights" hippie. I'm a chemistry major from an urban area who hunts. I don't even really like animals. Stop being so self righteous. You're as animal as a dog and get over it. Thinking capacity cannot deny that. That's the truth so get over it.

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almost 7 years ago

Dr. Death doesnt care about helping people. If you really read up on him he did it for his own selfish benifit. Even if you support euthanasia (which i dont), you shouldnt support him. If you support him becasue he helps sick people end their lives tell me how do you justify him killing 5 people that werent even sick? He killed 5 people that were perfectly healthy and over 130 others which most of those people didnt have terminaly ill diseases!And dont forget about the people that dont want to die but feel guilted into it because they dont want to be a burden to their families. And dont forget about the people that only wanted someone to tell them how much their life is worth. But instead they got Dr. Death. The man who only wants to "help" them so he can do the experiments that he had planned to do on deathrow inmates(until he was told he couldnt). I guess what I am trying to say is that instead of encouraging them to die we should be giving them a reason to live.

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about 6 years ago

He was helping people who wanted to be helped. And for those Christians who don't understand this, God does decide when people die, which means that all of the people who Kevorkian helped were already destined to die by the assistance of Kevorkian's hand.

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about 7 years ago

My friend Goli (suffering from cancer) and I love Dr. Kevorkian

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almost 8 years ago

Dr. Jack Kervorkian is not as bad after you reseach the facts. And how can you guys say anyone that is religious is against him. Speak for yourself people. I am a Christian and NOT against him. If you research your facts you see that he uses a machine that the patients actually have to personally push the last button. Until you live in someones shoes where you suffer everyday don't judge him or them.

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almost 8 years ago

I find it troubling at how many people want to bring God into this. Yes I believe God is real and I am a Christian...but what does that have to do with this? This man didnt sneak up on these people and kill them, he basically gave them "mercy" fromt the pain. Dragging out someone's death process and suffering in a bed unable to do anything other than suffer seems more inhumane to me. That is as disrespectful as stuffing and mounting your relative on the wall like you would wild-life. And yes I also agree that the way Kevorkian flaunted it was improper. There are rules and guidelines which should be followed strictly.

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almost 8 years ago

I watched my mother suffer from Alzheimer's for many years. I took care of her at home, until she was unable to walk. She was in a nursing home for 5 years. They called my sister (who had power of attorney) that she was unresponsive on Wednesday morning. My sister said she would visit on Saturday. They brought in hospice and I went up on Wednesday night and she was comatose. I told the hospice nurses I wanted it to end quickly and to give her morphine. I couldn't bear to see her like that. My sister came up on Thursday and said the nurses told her that the morphine would hasten her death. She called me out and I told her yes, I requested the morphine. She was suffering greatly with no hope for survival. I asked my sister if she wanted her and ourselves to keep on suffering. She then backed off. On Friday, the nursing home rescinded the hospice orders and would only give her half of the dosage of morphine! I refused to go up Friday, my other sister came down, and they sat with her all day Friday. The call came at midnight Friday that she had died. All they cared about was another empty bed, not the quality of her life. I was glad that I made that decision and never regretted it. My mother and I had 6 fun years before that. I would visit very often, more than my sisters. I read her jokes and we sang to Frank Sinatra, her favorite. And she always remembered all the words to his songs. When I start feeling like I'm going to die, I will commit suicide. I am not going to suffer because doctors refuse to give pain management. And the AMA told them they need to help people who are in pain. But they won't. They're afraid of going to jail. If someone is terminally ill, why worry about addiction? Ridiculous! And I'm not going to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to an insurance company to keep me alive. I want to die with dignity and on my own terms.

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almost 8 years ago

Alright, I'm a Christain, and because of my beliefs, I do TOTALLY disagree. But besides my religious influence on the matter, how is taking someone's life admirable? I understand that these people are in pain, but ending their life? Really? And with the help of someone? Come on. There are MILLIONS of people, teenagers especially, that are depressed because of the crap they go through. But some attempt at getting support so they DON'T die...even though that would be the easy route to ending the pain. Even though I gave an emotional example and people who go with euthanasia are in physical pain (at least, that's the source), it's not so different. What if they came through it? What if they could live to say that they were a cancer survivor? While some people do die, because with sickness that's always a possibility, they FOUGHT for their lives. That, to me, is much more admirable than taking the "easy way out."

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almost 9 years ago

i think the things jack did were insane, and lets just say what goes around comes around. he is disgusting.

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almost 9 years ago

ok here's the deal... kevorkian is a silly and stupid old man for thinking that he can take away somebody's life.I know those people asked for it but he could've given them some options about it. He didnt even try to do anything else he just killed them. what he is doing is the same thing as abortion. when you get an abortion you are killing someone. He's basically just giving them a suicide abortion. Jack kevorkian shouldnt have gotten out early and he shouldn't be aloud to run for congress. The only reason he is running for congress is to try and legalize murder!! people need to start realizing that God put you on this earth for a reason and it wasnt to ask somebody to take your life away. when you die shouldn't be up to you!!

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over 9 years ago

How can you admire such a horrible person?

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almost 8 years ago

Hm.



I think what he did was wrong.



The people who wanted to die have no honor, no dignity, and would rather let someone else take their life because they're too scared to do it themselves.



Euthanasia is degradable, and it should be illegal. No matter what ailment you have.



I'd rather die fighting, than give up and have someone obscure the natural death process with man-made tools and intentions.

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almost 7 years ago

I disagree because I'm Catholic. I believe that men shouldn't play God. Assisting suicide is like rejecting God's gift(life). We were given life to experience the good and the bad. God gave us life and only He should have the right to take it.

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almost 9 years ago

GOD put you on this earth for a reason. That reason wasn't for you to ask someone to end your life. when you die shouldn't be up to you. This is murder on Dr. Kevorkians part. He shouldn't have gotten out early. he's only running for congress to legalize mureder!!!

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about 9 years ago

Mr. Kevorkian will answer to God for his sins,I totally dis-agree.

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over 9 years ago

i think that is jack is a monster for doing what he did.

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about 9 years ago

How dare humans be compared to animals. This in no way should be compared to putting cats and dogs to sleep. You insult your own intelligence by not realizing the capacity of a humans thinking process. I can't imagine not seeing an obvious difference in pets and humans. It isnt a person's decision to be brought into the world nor is it a person's right to be taken out of the world. I agree that Kevorkian will answer to God because I have the ability and the sense to see that there must be a higher power in control. The only thing that would categorize me as an animal such as a dog or cat would be ignorance to such an obvious crime.

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almost 7 years ago

dear dr.k.. i am asingle mom of 2 small boys.. i am sick.. and in need of ur assistance.. i admire n respect ur integrity of people who r jus liven by breath.. please i need assistance.. i am 34 yr old .. n it is my time 2 go.. please if any other dr .. is carrying on his work.. please contact me.. i am humble n ready .. more clear in thought than i have been on any area of importance in my life.. please contact me .. even just 4 options and conversations .. i do not want 2 take ths in2 my own hands .. for i feel it is unethical.. please contact me..any dr. carrying on hs lifes work

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about 9 years ago

How could anyone go along with that stupid person? What he did was wrong. Those people could have gotten help. I know it's not their fault that they got those diseases, but everyone lives with it. Most people know how to deal with suffering. If those people really wanted to die, they should of done it themselves.

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about 6 years ago

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide - Jack Kevorkian

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over 6 years ago

While I am for euthanasia in situations of pain and suffering, I am not sure that it would be good to legalize it. We would begin to have many problems about whether or not someone was asking to be killed, and it would become hard to know if some one was murdered or simply put to rest.

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over 8 years ago

I want to die because I am in hell and nobody will let me. I ahve even been arrested for trying to take my own life. I can not live in a life where people are always harrassing me and I am 40 years old now. I jsut want things to be over. I think it should be my right to live or die.

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over 8 years ago

I agree with euthenesia. It is my life, I have the right to make my decision. I do not want to suffer so my family.

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over 8 years ago

I think any human being with a compassionate bone in their body should be able to agree with his actions. Instead of leaving people in intolarable pain, he gave them a means to be released from it. Ive heard many a cancer patient say chemo treatment is a selfish act because it forces their family to watch the suffering, and to a degree it is the same situation Kevorkian helped patients get out of.

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over 8 years ago

ok so he killed people and now everyones talkin about him in my opionion what he did was absolutley untolerable and he should still be in prison he got off far too lightly i mean 8 years is nothing and by the looks of things hes still hasnt learnt his lesson and why the hell did he decide to show the world what he did to tom .is he mad or sommat .i think he should still be in prison and they should throw away the key .this man is gonna rot in hell along with those others who support it .it is god who chooses when we die only he has the power not some idiots get real and reluse this

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almost 9 years ago

kudos to this man. he didnt tell random people to kill themselves! he only told people that were suffering through pain to take their own life away. and its the pationts choice to do it or not so dont blame this guy.. and there is no God so he isnt a sinner

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about 9 years ago

ok, here is my opinion on this issue.

obviously if your a religious person and believe in god, you will totally be against this man and what he stands for. GOD put us on this earth and will take us away when ever the time comes. a HUMAN shouldnt take the place of allah. BUT people on the other hand, who dont have a sense in believe of the lord ( atheist) would obviously be a'okey with assisted suicide after all they have no morals and beliefs, right?

what it all come down to in the end is, if those ppl asked to end there life, jack should be blamed. those ppl will resort to god. and as for jack, he aint no god, i dont know what he was thinking!

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over 1 year ago

Euthanasia is the main way to go. It should be legal worldwide. The only form we have at present is called combat- or war. Living (but not for long) in Chicago is the same as euthanasia; you just don't get to pick the day. Until euthan-legal spas and massage parlors are here, we have available tall buildings and high bridges. As you descend to the final 'crunch-splat' of the only positive impact you've ever made in that nothingness you called life, be sure you have your ear bugs on listening to "Jump" by Eddie Van Halen, or the Pointer Sisters. A really tall (40-plus levels) hi-rise is best. The fire department can easily clean up with a hose, bucket and mop. Witnesses can cheer you out as your remains chuggle along the gutter into a storm drain - which is why you paid utility bills - right?

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almost 8 years ago

I completely 100% am FOR assisted suicide. I can't even imagine being in the pain that "Dr. Deaths" patients were in every second of every day. Nor can I imagine having to watch someone that I love suffer in the way that these people have. In no way is he playing god or killing people, this was their OWN CHOICE. They weren't forced to make this decision. Look at it from their shoes, how would you feel if even breathing sent shooting pains throughout your body? Or if you had to sit and watch someone that you loved and cared about suffer? I just hope that (god forbid) anything ever happens to me or a loved one that WE ARE ABLE TO MAKE THE DECISION WHETHER OR NOT I WANT TO BE IN UNBARABLE PAIN FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.

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almost 8 years ago

Does anyone know the exact location in Lake Orion, MI, of Kevorkian's first euthanasia act?

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almost 8 years ago

I think that this is a very debatable subject, i believe it was unethical of him but he did help people that were in pain, regardless i believe Euthanasia is WRONG!!! im trying to find some good quotes on it... anyone??

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almost 8 years ago

if i was diagnosed with cancer or something and the doctor told me i only had 6 weeks to live ,then i would honestly probley want to live 1 of those weeks to the fullest (of course keep in mind that i have cancer and i dont have much time ,so i would do as much as i could handle) but after i get tired and i have all of my goodbyes i would most definately call kevorkian.







for example ,if one of my loved ones was dieing from a painful disease and i knew they were going to die painfully ,i would much rather they take the easy way out and die more peacefully then they would have if they suffered till death.





many people believe that you should naturally die and the way "god would want it" ,but hey how much more natural can it get? a person with feelings actually cares about their loved ones so much that they dont want them to suffer so they "pull the plug" ,i meen its just love.





if you read what my opinion was ,then thank you for actually listening to what i had to say.

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almost 8 years ago

Okay, I am doing a debate on Physician Assisted Suicide and I am 100% for it. If you look at the big picture, people are going to commit suicide anyway so why not do it in a dignified way. If you actually research the topic you will see that it is not a bad thing and there certain rules and regulations that the state has to follow. Do the research before you make your stance on the position.

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almost 8 years ago

I am currently writing a paper on Dr. Jack Kervorkian and euthanasia, and I find myself conflicted. On one hand, I feel as though Kervorkian was a blessing to those people who suffered in the last days of their lives, but on the other hand, I cannot imagine how Kervorkian could sleep at night knowing he aided in the death of hundreds of people, no matter how terminally ill they were.

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about 8 years ago

Dr. Kevorkian did what others have always wanted to do. If people were affected by watching a family member die slowly and painfully, losing all dignity by being kept alive by tubes that feed and breathe for them while they are in a comatose stage why would anyone want to live. thats not living, that is giving hospitals money while you greedily spend those last weeks hoping to make up for time lost with someone who is non responsive.

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about 8 years ago

I am pro euthanasia. I believe Jack Kevorkian was on the right track. My dad died of terminal cancer this year and I know that if he had ever asked me to end his life he would have really been suffering. I'm positive that my dad would have liked to die with a little more dignity, like people who go through with euthanasia get to have. His last couple days were very bad and somewhat embarrassing for him. "Dying is not a crime". Thank you doctor Kevorkian for standing up for what you believe in. Especially with all the ignorant people in the world, trying to bring you down.

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over 8 years ago

I don't think that Kevorkian, as a total person,is necessarily one to be admired; however, assisted suicide for the terminally ill, with proper guidelines and regulation, should be a choice only for those who initiate the request. I think this issue is something that needs to be seriously considered. Abortion takes the life of another, while assisted suicide under unbearable conditions should probably be left to individuals upon request.

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over 8 years ago

Don't involve religion in a medical issue. If God wants you to live, you will, in spite of Kevorkian. It aint God. It is a for-profit medical industry that does not want to lose the money.. FOLLOW THE MONEY...it will lead you to the truth. If keeping those poor souls alive was costing the doctors money, they would all join Jack.

Jack will go down as an icon of civil rights. Jack, MLK and Susan B. Anthony. Universal rights for everyone. Death does not discriminate, but the law does. Euthanasia is the only check and balance we have against medical innovations in a for-profit industry.