03 Jun “Dr. Death” Dies
Jack Kevorkian, the man who is best known as the foremost proponent of assisted suicide in the U.S., died today in a Michigan hospital. He was 83 and apparently died of pulmonary thrombosis – no assisted suicide was involved. Kevorkian is infamous to those in the pro-life world for having assisted in the killing of 130 patients – 70 percent of which were disabled, but not necessarily terminally ill.
In 1999, he was convicted of killing one of his patients and spent almost eight years in prison. After being released he ran unsuccessfully for Congress and later was involved with Al Pacino in the making of the HBO movie “You Don’t Know Jack” which chronicled his life.
In addition to his stance on suicide, Kevorkian has made many outrageous statements. Not the least of these was in a CNN interview where he was adamant that he had no regrets about ending the lives of people. “None whatsoever,” he stated. In that same CNN interview he announced that: “The single worst moment of my life…was the moment I was born.”
So what are we to make of the passing of a man such as this?
Father Frank Pavone responded to the news of Kevorkian’s death with these very appropriate words:
“All of us at Priests for Life pray for the soul of Jack Kevorkian, as we do for all who have died. And we renew our commitment to proclaim that life is better than death. Every life has burdens. When we respond to the call to bear one another’s burdens, then we close the door to despair. Those who promote the so-called ‘right to die’ are heralds of despair. We, on the other hand, are heralds of hope. And as for the ‘right to die,” I say, “Don’t worry – you won’t miss out on it.” (LifeNews.com)
Physician assisted suicide is legal in the countries of Switzerland and the Netherlands and is legal in three U.S. states: Oregon, Montana, and Washington.
A new Gallup Poll shows that people are actually quite schizophrenic on their positions on assisted suicide and suicide as a whole. The poll showed that 80 percent of Americans (four out of five) view suicide as morally wrong; yet 48 percent of Americans (almost half) don’t think there’s anything morally wrong with physician-assisted suicide.
Our thoughts: Ending your life is ending your life; it’s suicide. It really doesn’t matter whether you have someone “assist” you or not.