- Former Pathologist
- 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
- Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to end-of-life issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to end-of-life.
- Involvement and Affiliations:
- Former pathologist
- 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
- 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
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