Dr. Jack Kevorkian was sentenced fifteen to twenty
years in jail for a second degree murder charge. There is no doubt
that Dr. Kevorkian injected lethal drugs into Thomas Youk, killing him
within minutes. But was the murder committed as an act of rage? No,
it was done as an act of kindness.
For the past ten years, Dr. Kevorkian has been performing assisted
suicides. In that time, Kevorkian claims to have eased the suffering
of 130 patients. He has also been fighting to legalize euthanasia.
There are some people that support Kevorkian’s views of euthanasia,
yet there are still many people that think that what Kevorkian is
doing is wrong. Until the later part of April, when he was convicted
of second degree murder, Kevorkian had been found not guilty of
assisted suicide charges on four separate accounts. Is Jack
Kevorkian’s actions one of a hero or of a madman?
Currently, the only state that assisted suicide is legal is Oregon.
Euthanasia is illegal everywhere in the United States. Euthanasia is
a better option than assisted suicide. Euthanasia differs from
assisted suicide in that the physician actually injects the lethal
drug instead of prescribing it. Because patients are required to take
the lethal drug themselves, there is the chance that they may take the
drug the wrong way. This could cause the patient to survive the
lethal dose and do more harm. There is a twenty-five percent chance
that a patient will fail to kill themselves by assisted suicide (Smith
Dr. Kevorkian, the most outspoken euthanasia activist in the United
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