Jack Kevorkian Speech at University of Florida Nears, Complaints Continue

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 11, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Jack Kevorkian Speech at University of Florida Nears, Complaints Continue Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 11,

Gainesville, FL (LifeNews.com) — The emailbox of University of Florida president Bernie Machen has been flooded every since LifeNews.com first spotlighted an upcoming speech Jack Kevorkian plans to give there. Now that the presentation is less than a week away, pro-life advocates are turning up the volume on the complaints.

Machen’s office says he has received more than 1,000 emails all with the same message — cancel the speech by the nation’s foremost euthanasia advocate.

Kevorkian’s address is planned for Tuesday night at the O’Connell Center and is sponsored by the speaker’s bureau of the campus student government.

The speech would be his second following his release from prison for killing a disabled man and showing the death on national television. Ironically, it would occur in Florida, the site of the debate over the life and death of Terri Schiavo.

His first speech, addressing prison reform issues, came at Wayne State University.

Janine Sikes, a university spokeswoman, told the Independent Alligator newspaper that she and Machen plan to respond to every email criticizing the event. She claimed many of the emails are identical in form, perhaps indicating a group is sending pre-written messages to its supporters to send to Machen.

Katherine Schinn, president of UF’s Pro-Life Alliance, spoke with the newspaper and said that members of her organization plan to protest the event but will be peaceful and respectful of those attending.

Kevorkian was originally slated to speak to UF students on October 11 and receive $50,000 for the talk but it was postponed as UF officials cited security concerns.

LifeNews.com reported in October that the pro-life youth group Rock for Life has been working with Terri Schiavo’s family and others to try to get the college to call off the speech.

Bobby Schindler, Terri’s brother, told LifeNews.com at the time that "Despite the ongoing message of death spreading through our society and those, like Jack Kevorkian, who attempt to justify killing the most vulnerable among us, we are committed to fight against this death-obsessed culture and spread Terri’s legacy of life, hope and love."

ACTION: You can also contact the University of Florida President J. Bernard Machen at 352-392-1311 or [email protected].

Related web sites:
Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation – https://www.terrisfight.org