Jack Kevorkian Has Second Thoughts on Assisted Suicide, Would Lobby for It

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 2, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Jack Kevorkian Has Second Thoughts on Assisted Suicide, Would Lobby for It Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
July 2, 2006

Lakeland, MI (LifeNews.com) — Jack Kevorkian, the assisted suicide crusader who was sentenced to prison for second-degree murder after the euthanasia death of a patient, said in a recent interview he has second thoughts about the more than 150 people he claimed to have killed through assisted suicide. He now says he should have lobbied to legalized the practice instead.

Kevorkian was sentenced in 1999 to a 10- to 25-year sentence after showing a videotape of him euthanizing Thomas Youk, who was in the latter stages of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The Michigan Parole Board recently turned down another request to commute his sentence. While Kevorkian and his attorney claim he has less than six months to live, the board said an independent doctor couldn’t certify that.

The 77 year-old former coroner suffers from hepatitis C, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease and, while he can’t avail himself of the same method of death he used to end the lives of so many Michigan residents, Kevorkian says he regrets his decision to help kill them.

Kevorkian told the Los Angeles Times in an interview he should have "worked for a change in the law instead" of using assisted suicide to kill patients.

In a previous interview with MSNBC, Kevorkian said he would not break the law but would lobby to legalize assisted suicide throughout the country.

"I have not changed my views on assisted suicide, but I believe it should be performed legally, and I would do whatever my health permits regarding petitions, speeches, lobbying and writing in support of legalization," he told the Times.

"I changed my mind about the method because the laws are changing in many areas of the world and in the United States, and it is time for legalization to be done in a legal way," Kevorkian added.

Asked if he had any change of heart on the issue of death itself as he comes closer to it, Kevorkian said no.

"No, it does not change my feelings about death," he told the Times.

Kevorkian said his spirits are in "fair" condition and that he suffers from depression. He indicated he no longer has the strength to read and write and spends most of his time on his prison bed.