April 18, 2004

ADVOCATE?:

Kevorkian Expects to Die in Prison (Associated Press, April 11, 2004)

Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, behind bars for the videotaped lethal injection of a man in 1998, says he expects to die in prison, but has few regrets.

That would be convicted murderer Jack Kevorkian.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 18, 2004 6:14 PM
Comments

euthanasia isn't murder, just as withholding fluids and giving NPO orders for chronic patients isn't 'murder'. as a society, we need to get away from the 'longer life == better life' crap that is so rampant.

Posted by: poormedicalstudent at April 19, 2004 12:36 AM

> euthanasia isn't murder,

Proof by assertion--pretty neat!

Posted by: at April 19, 2004 3:32 AM

Death = Better Life

Posted by: h-man at April 19, 2004 5:51 AM

Euthenasia is no more murder than it is suicide when a Jehovah's Witness foregoes a lifesaving blood transfusion.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at April 19, 2004 7:25 AM

Jeff:

The difference is between killing someone else and killing yourself. Society can't really stop the latter but must the former.

Posted by: oj at April 19, 2004 7:45 AM

The people who advocate ~assisted suicide~ are usually too cowardly to advocate active euthansia, or even admit that's what they really want. And of course, the next step after legalizing ~assisted suicide~ will be active campaigns to demonize those who won't avail themselves of that option.

If a person really believes in euthanasia, then they should be working for establishment of "Ethical Suicide Parlors" to be run by Certified Licensed Executioners.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 19, 2004 12:25 PM

>If a person really believes in euthanasia, then
>they should be working for establishment
>of "Ethical Suicide Parlors" to be run by
>Certified Licensed Executioners.

Ever seen an old PBS movie -- a Kurt Vonnegut pastiche called Between Time and Timbuktu? Their "Ethical Suicide Parlor" scene is one of the creepiest I've ever scene -- especially the CLE (looking like a Playboy centerfold in a nurse's uniform) getting "eat your vegetables" condescending to a "client" who's having second thoughts.

But they wouldn't call them "executioners" -- executioners actually kill and if you "put to sleep painlessly" it isn't really killing, you know...


Posted by: Ken at April 19, 2004 1:05 PM

anyone actually seen the video that got kervorkain incarcerated? anyone see the individual that was requesting the suicide? anyone read up on AML, or any other horrible debilitating diseases? this isn't the same as some disfunctional, depressed housewife requesting death as opposed to living her life. it's about those who have no hope of living much longer, are living in constant anguish (physical and mental), and would rather die with dignity than in a pile of feces during a drug-induced stupor.

this stems more from a medical viewpoint than a libertarian viewpoint, hence i don't advocate 'suicide parlors'.

Posted by: poormedicalstudent at April 19, 2004 1:07 PM

poor:

He's murdered people who weren't even terminal. The depth of someone's desire to commit suicide is not a measure of your right to kill them.

Posted by: oj at April 19, 2004 2:10 PM

Sounds like something out of Kyle's Mom from South Park:

"They have to exercise their Right to Die With Dignity (TM) whether they want to or not! We know better!"

Death is nasty whichever way you slice it. And calling it "Go Sleepy-sleep" isn't going to make it any nicey-nicer, "on a pile of feces in drug-induced stupor" or no.

You know, Jack the Dripper Kevorkian was only using a homebrew jury-rig version of the Lechter Lethal Injection Machine that's the current fad in capital punishment; a lot of supporters of "Death with Dignity" are also hard-core anti-death penalty. Why is it a Right for some and a Cruel and Unusual Punishment for another? What's wrong with this picture?

Posted by: Ken at April 19, 2004 7:09 PM
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