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 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:
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