For more than 30 years, the debate has raged over physician assisted euthanasia in cases of extreme suffering from fatal diseases claiming the life of a patient. But one doctor alone put the “right to die” legislation on the map when he assisted more than 100 people with their suicides.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, lost his own life without the assistance of any physicians on June 3. He was 83 years old. He had long been a crusader of this type of procedure long before some of us were even born. But, he didn’t get his biggest notoriety until the 90s when he gave a tape of one of his assisted suicides to 60 Minutes.
The octogenarian was sincerely interested in ending the suffering that the patients he assisted endured. But while his intentions were to help families and their loved ones stop the incessant pain they were experiencing, he was still found guilty of initiating an illegal act; what the courts viewed as murder. He served seven years in prison for his “deeds.”
Read more here on his life and fellow physicians who are also supporters of his crusade. Some of whom may never show their face or admit that they’ve done it as well. Also, check out the brief report of his life here.