Kevorkian Promises to No Longer Kill People

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who was released from jail last week after serving over eight years in prison, said on 60 Minutes Sunday that he would never assist another person in committing suicide because he made a promise that he would not go back to his old ways. I guess that despite being a murderer, Kevorkian is a man of his word.

The man dubbed “Doctor Death” helped over 130 people kill themselves during the 1990s.

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  1. Common sense said

    To beat a dead horse… how is it I can take my dog or cat or even a hamster into a vet and have it put to sleep so it doesn’t suffer but a human must endure the humility and pain of terminal illness?

    Case in point from experience…

    My father suffered for 90 days under the care of hack doctors who made his condition worse with every operation. 16 major surgeries in all over a 3 month period. He BEGGED to be put out of his misery from the onset when they attemted to drain his lung of fluid and botched the operation only to cause a major infection that they could not get under control. As a recipient of the first metal heart valves (2 to be precise) 10 years previously, he knew he bought all the time he was going to. The valves were failing, he was 76 years old, he had colon cancer, diverticulitis, clogged arteries, 60% lung capacity, etc, etc etc…

    I fought to get an injunction on his behalf as the rest of my family wanted to save him.He begged and cried and begged some more. The doctors just wanted to get some more practice in on a human subject. He suffered humility that I would NEVER want to see again.

    Finally, my family came to their senses and signed the papers to let him die. He was still sentient. He could still talk. He THANKED us with tears in his eyes before he died. It was a slow and agonizing death. They gave him morphine to ease the pain and unplugged him from life support. I sat for 48 hours and watched him struggle with every breath. I held his hand and felt his body shudder as he drew his last breath and flat-lined. They will shoot a cat full of a drug to stop their heart but my father had to lie in pain for 2 days!

    Was that treatment humane? Is that how you would wish to be used if there was no hope of a life with any quality? Would you want to be kept on a machine for years just to lie in a hospital room?

    Murder is taking a person’s life who doesn’t want to die. Get it straight and grow up.

  2. Evan Brown said

    I don’t know you, CS, but I still regard your life and your father’s life to be more valuable than that of any cat or dog. I realize that the situation with your father was a difficult one, and you certainly have my sympathies. But that doesn’t change my belief that suicide is wrong and that assisting suicide is even worse.

    And for the record, a court of law found Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder. It is not just me calling the man a murderer; our justice system does as well. My comment was a compliment anyway (albeit a slightly back-handed one, I admit); I imagine that most men who have committed murder do not have enough integrity to keep their promises. I applaud Dr. Kevorkian for standing by his word, even though I am vehemently opposed to his heinous disregard for human life.

  3. Common Sense said

    Evan, I never said life was not valuable. That is the problem here… what LIFE does one have when a person that will spend the rest of his/her life in excruciating pain every single day? What value is there to prolonging the inevitable?

    I pose you this question… was unplugging my father and letting him die naturally murder or mercy? Mind you, he knew exactly what we were doing and he WANTED it. If he stayed hooked up he probably would have lived for a year or more.

    If it was murder then every hospital in every city commits murder daily but I don’t see anyone protesting them.

    If it was mercy then where was the mercy he deserved 3 months earlier? Why did he have to go through all of that when they knew damned well there was no hope? Is that regard for human life?

    There are cases where assisted suicide is a blessing, like it or not. I technically assisted my father’s after a long battle with my family and I have some peace knowing his suffering is over and I carried out his wishes. Would it have been so horrible to just give him a shot and let it all end though?

    I hope you are never lying in a bed in unbearable pain with no hope of recovery and someone else calling the shots for you, ignoring your pleas and tears. I also hope you never have to make that call for a loved one. I mean that sincerely. If you make the wrong call and watch them suffer you will live with that memory the rest of your days. Think long and hard on that. I do almost daily after 12 years.

  4. Evan Brown said

    We clearly have two vastly differing views as to what constitutes a valuable life. I infer from your statements that you hold that a life loses most or all of its value once it is no longer pleasant to continue. But I maintain that the life of a person has just as much value at the painful end as it did at the very beginning or in its prime. Comfort in life or lack thereof in no way affects that life’s inherent worth.

    Thank you for your wishes of an existence devoid of “unbearable pain” for me and those I love. I certainly don’t desire to suffer, nor do I want anyone else to either. Tremendous physical pain can be hard to endure; fortunately, through advances in the field of medicine, pain can be managed effectively in dying patients. But even if it couldn’t, that doesn’t mean that I think people ought to end their own lives or those of others because they deem death to be a better alternative. That is a rather bold and arrogant position to hold, if I may say so. How many precious moments are we denying ourselves when we terminate life before the divinely-appointed hour?

    I am no stranger to suicide and the loss of a loved one. While in deteriorating health, my grandmother chose to kill herself. And I can say that I have found no satisfaction or relief in the fact that her death eliminated the physical and emotional pain she felt. Both could have been dramatically improved had she decided to seek help instead of ending it all. But what she lost and what her family lost as a result of her actions can never be fully measured in this life.

    Obviously, neither of our firmly-held opinions will be swayed by the other’s argument. I do thank you for sharing your views on this subject. Although I disagree, I understand and sympathize with your point of view. I hope that you can do the same with mine.

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