Dr Jack Kevorkian, 1928-2011

Doctor Jack Kevorkian died today in a Detroit hospital at 83 of kidney related problems. He was best known for his controversial advocacy for the rights of suffering patients to die. Here are a few things that he said on the that topic.

I don't persuade to suicide.

I intended to do my duty. Not murder.

None of them want to delay. Understand that. None of them.

My intent was to carry out my duty as a doctor, to end their suffering. Unfortunately, that entailed, in their cases, ending of the life.

Not one has shown an iota of fear of death. They want to end this agony.

The patient's autonomy always, always should be respected, even if it is absolutely contrary - the decision is contrary to best medical advice and what the physician wants.


  1. interesting figure. may he rest in peace.

  2. I saw the movie about his life. It seems he meant well but only God has the "right" or the perogative to end a life. Wonder what he thinks of death and his life now?


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