Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"Kevorkian: ...I didn't do it to end the life. I did it to end the suffering the patient is going through. The patient is obviously suffering. What's a doctor supposed to do, turn his back? If he's a coward he is...
Cooper: So will you build another [suicide] machine?
Kevorkian: I don't need a machine. A doctor can do the injecting. The machine was just to avoid being charged with having committed the crime.
Cooper: But you don't have access to the pharmaceuticals anymore, do you?
Kevorkian: Not yet. But if it were legal, in other words, if the law stepped out of the picture, if religion stopped pushing this opposition, then we could do it like a regular medical procedure, which it should be."
Interview with Anderson Cooper, Anderson Cooper 360, Apr. 16, 2010
Experts MDs, JDs (Lawyers), PhDs and Religious Leaders with significant involvement in end-of-life issues. [Because end-of-life dilemmas require medical, ethical, legal, and in some case religious considerations, we view MDs, PhDs with a bio-ethical focus, and JDs/religious leaders with significant involvement as "experts" in the euthanasia debate.] [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Recipient, Gleitsman Foundation Citizen Activist Award, 2000
Recipient, Humanist Hero Award, American Humanist Association, 1994
Has admitted to aiding over 130 people in dying
Former physician consultant for death counseling
Spent two years of residency at Pontiac General Hospital
Former Intern, Henry Ford Hospital
Army Medical Officer, Korea, 1953-1954
MD, University of Michigan Medical School, 1952
Undergraduate degree, University of Michigan
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"Solve the Organ Shortage: Let the Bidding Begin!," American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, Jan. 2, 2001
"A Fail-Safe Model for Justifiable Medically-Assisted Suicide," American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 1992
Prescription Medicide: The Goodness of Planned Death, 1991
Cowritten with Lori Andrews, Andrew Kimbrell, William F. May, and Jack Hitt, "Sacred or for Sale? The Human Body in the Age of Biotechnology," Harper's, Nov. 1990
"Marketing of Human Organs and Tissues Is Justified and Necessary," Medicine and Law, 1989
"The Last Fearsome Taboo: Medical Aspects of Planned Death," Medicine and Law, 1988
"Capital Punishment and Organ Retrieval," Canadian Medical Association Journal, June 15, 1987
"A Comprehensive Bioethical Code for Medical Exploitation of Humans Facing Imminent and Unavoidable Death," Medicine and Law, 1986
Cowritten with Neal Nicol and Edwin Rea, "Direct Body-Body Human Cadaver Blood Transfusion," Military Medicine, Jan. 1964
"The Fundus Oculi and the Determination of Death," American Journal of Pathology, Nov.-Dec. 1956
Died at age 83, June 3, 2011
Paroled from prison after serving an eight-year sentence, June 1, 2007
Michigan Supreme Court rejected Kevorkian's request for a new trial, Apr. 11, 2002
Michigan Court of Appeals upheld Kevorkian's conviction, Nov. 22, 2001
Convicted of second-degree murder for delivery of a controlled substance in the death of Youk, sentenced to 10-25 years in prison, Apr. 13, 1999
Charged with first-degree murder, violating the assisted suicide law and delivering a controlled substance without a license in the death of Thomas Youk, Nov. 25, 1998
Faced four felony counts in the assisted suicide of Loretta Peabody; a mistrial was declared, June 12, 1997
Acquitted in the 1991 assisted suicides of Sherry Miller and Marjorie Wantz, May 14, 1996
Acquitted of criminal charges in assisting the suicides of Merian Frederick and Ali A. Khalili, Mar. 8, 1996
Acquitted of criminal charges in assisting the suicide of Thomas Hyde, May 2, 1994
Michigan Board of Medicine indefinitely suspended Kevorkian's license to practice medicine in Michigan, Nov. 20, 1991
Aided in the first assisted-suicide case with the death of Janet Adkins, June 4, 1990