"The View" Hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar Defend Jack Kevorkian’s Murder, Suicides
by Steven Ertelt
March 26, 2008
New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar, longtime hosts of the chatty television program "The View," praised Jack Kevorkian in a recent episode. Following news that Kevorkian has planned a Congressional bid, they praised him for killing more than 130 people in assisted suicides and murdering a disabled patient.
Kevorkian, a convicted murderer and assisted suicide crusader, made his candidacy for a Detroit-area Congressional seat official on Monday.
Justin McCarthy, a news analyst at Media Research Center, noted the comments from "The View" hosts in a recent post on MRC’s blog Newsbusters.
Goldberg said shes a "big fan" of Kevorkian "because he believed that he could help people who were in, in a place where no one was helping them."
"Euthanasia, like race, is one of those things nobody wants to talk about. It makes people very uncomfortable. I think euthanasia is, is an important thing and it should be there for people to make that decision if they chose to," she said.
Goldberg did not mention her belief about involuntary euthanasia, where patients are frequently killed by family members or medical staff without their knowledge or consent.
Joy Behar wondered: "Why is he a bad guy? I don’t understand it…its over my head somewhere."
She went further than Goldberg in defending Kevorkian’s killing a disabled patient.
Kevorkian has admitted to killing more than 130 people, including the televised death of Thomas Youk, netting him a 25-year prison sentence.
"He helped a guy who had Lou Gehrigs disease, take himself out of this world because the guy was in excruciating terror," Behar said in defending the murder that landed Kevorkian in jail for several years before his parole.
"The thing about Kevorkian is that I don’t consider him a bad guy," she concluded.
During the show, Sherri Shepherd cracked a few crass jokes — most notably about how Kevorkian could help presidential candidate John McCain with "an exit strategy."
As is typically the case, pro-life host Elisabeth Hasselbeck was the only one to speak up for the moral or ethical position on the bioethics question.
"The lines get blurry if you’re dealing with someone whos life is almost in control, in someone elses hands," she said. "You know, there are a lot of things. There are a lot of gray areas in that whole conversation."
Hasslebeck said she was worried about people who have control of the finances of a patient wanting to end their lives in order to inherit their possessions.
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