Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Jack Kevorkian
- She made the decision that her existence had lost its meaning. And you cannot judge that.
- As a medical doctor, it is my duty to evaluate the situation with as much data as I can gather and as much expertise as I have and as much experience as I have to determine whether or not the wish of the patient is medically justified.
- 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.
- Yes, we need euthanasia, for certain cases where people are in comas or too immobile to even press a button.
- If you don’t have liberty and self-determination, you’ve got nothing, that’s what this is what this country is built on. And this is the ultimate self-determination, when you determine how and when you’re going to die when you’re suffering.
- If Christ can die in a barn, I think the death of a human in a van is not so bad.
- 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.
- I will admit, like Socrates and Aristotle and Plato and some other philosophers, that there are instances where the death penalty would seem appropriate.
- My aim in helping the patient was not to cause death. My aim was to end suffering. It’s got to be decriminalized.
- I’ve seen schizophrenics who are so hopeless, you couldn’t cheer them, and their lives are miserable and they end up as suicides. That’s not right.
Jack Kevorkian, born on May 26, 1928, and died on June 3, 2011, was an American pathologist and euthanasia advocate. He gained significant attention and controversy for his role in assisting terminally ill patients in ending their lives, often using a device he invented called the “Mercitron,” which allowed patients to self-administer a lethal dose of medication.
Kevorkian was born in Pontiac, Michigan, and showed an early interest in medicine. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1952 and specialized in pathology, studying the effects of diseases on human organs. Throughout his career, he worked in various hospitals and laboratories.
Kevorkian became known as “Dr. Death” in the 1990s when he began publicly advocating for physician-assisted suicide. He believed that individuals who were suffering from incurable diseases should have the right to die with dignity and without prolonged suffering. Kevorkian argued that assisted suicide was a compassionate choice and a matter of personal autonomy.
Between 1990 and 1998, Kevorkian claimed to have assisted in the deaths of more than 130 terminally ill patients. He would typically hook his patients up to the Mercitron, which allowed them to self-administer a lethal dose of medication with the press of a button. Kevorkian’s actions provoked intense legal and ethical debates across the United States.
Despite his controversial actions, Kevorkian managed to avoid conviction in several trials until 1999 when he was found guilty of second-degree murder in the case of Thomas Youk, a man suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Kevorkian videotaped Youk’s death and sent the footage to “60 Minutes,” which led to his arrest. He was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison but was released on parole in 2007 due to his deteriorating health.
After his release, Kevorkian continued to express his views on assisted suicide through writing and public appearances but did not directly participate in any further cases. He passed away on June 3, 2011, at the age of 83, due to complications from kidney and heart disease.
Jack Kevorkian’s actions sparked a national debate on end-of-life issues and the ethics of physician-assisted suicide. While he faced legal consequences for his actions, his advocacy contributed to a shift in public opinion and led to discussions about the rights of terminally ill patients.
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