Jack Kevorkian Confronted by Assisted Suicide Victims’ Son as He Campaigns

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 25, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Jack Kevorkian Confronted by Assisted Suicide Victims’ Son as He Campaigns

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 25
, 2008

Royal Oak, MI (LifeNews.com) — Jack Kevorkian claims he was harassed by someone who appeared to be a family member of two of his assisted suicide victims. Kevorkian is collecting signatures to get on the ballot in the Detroit area as an independent Congressional candidate and the incident occurred as he petitioned voters.

A man Kevorkian approached reportedly indicated he would sign Kevorkian’s petition and then drew a large "X" across the entire page.

The man is said to have told Kevorkian that he killed his parents and that he could kill Kevorkian.

The retired pathologist, know as "Doctor Death" reported the incident to Royal Oak police and said it happened on Monday.

Kevorkian was released from prison last year on parole after spending eight years behind bars in the intentional killing of Thomas Youk in 1998. Youk’s euthanasia death was shown on national television and Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder.

State law requires Kevorkian to gather 3,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Kevorkian hasn’t said much about assisted suicide during his campaign, but has instead focused on his anti-government views.

”You’ve been trained to obey it, not fight it because the tyrant doesn’t like that,” Kevorkian said, according to an AP report.

"I have no ties, no fetters. I am free," the former pathologist added, saying he is beholden to no so-called special interests.

He will run as an independent and will challenge pro-life Rep. Joe Knollenberg, a Republican who strongly opposes both abortion and euthanasia. Gary Peters, a former state senator and a Democrat, will also be seeking Michigan’s 9th Congressional district seat in the November election.

Kevorkian has admitted to killing more than 130 people, including the televised death of Thomas Youk, netting him a 25-year prison sentence.

Democrats have targeted Knollenberg and Kevorkian’s candidacy may have the effect of peeling some Democratic votes away from the party’s eventual nominee.

During his race, Kevorkian will have to watch what he says because the terms of his parole, after serving just seven years of the sentence, prohibit him from advising people how to kill themselves. His parole officer will be monitoring the content of his speeches.

Michigan law doesn’t prevent ex-convicts from running for office or from voting as is the case in some other states. However, Kevorkian is still on parole until June 2009.

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