Kevorkian on the Loose and Unrepentant

by Ryan on June 1, 2007

in Anything Else,Culture

“Dr. Death” Jack Kevorkian was released from prison today having only served eight of a ten to twenty-year sentence for a second degree murder conviction.  None of that time in prison reflected the 130 alleged suicides he participated in before this case sent him to the slammer.  Unrepentant, he will work to make doctor-assisted suicide safe, legal and rare (sorry, had to add that leftist mantra), but will not participate in anymore suicides.

Many people are very divided on this issue.  Should those living life in constant suffering continue to live, or should medicine step in to help them leave this life with ease?  Should we respect life at all levels and try to encourage our loved ones to hold on until God’s proper time?  Tough issues tainted by a culture that is very interested in the comfort of the living and healthy.  Old and/or sick people are tucked away in nursing homes or assisted living facilities as society wills them to die quietly and privately so as not to remind us of our own mortality.  We live in a culture that washes over the act of an abortion from the conscious ending of a real human life to an abstract concept–a “choice” so many would never make, but consciously acquiesce as others participate in it.  People aren’t shocked at suffering or death anymore because they can always  change the channel or pull the shades down.  These are realities in modern America.  Realities that encourage a culture of death that, I believe, dehumanizes us.  Kevorkian is a symbol of that cultural decay.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Joel June 9, 2007 at 12:13 pm

OK, so let’s say I am suffering and there is no hope, I have terminal C. I am not strong enough to find a way in the medicine cabinet to end this ordeal, to end my unavoidable suffering. So then it is social decay for someone to have the compassion to hand me the medicines that I can then take to put me to sleep for an etenity? This is one thing that is SO wrong with Christian rules. Keeping someone alive at all costs “until God chooses it to be their time to die” is nonsense, and compassionless. Shame on anyone who cannot see the terminally ill victim’s side of this argument for their shallow, simplistic unreasoning.

“Culture of death”? Come on, stop with the silliness. EVERYbody dies. EVERYTHING dies. That is the Yang of life’s Yin. A culture of life is also a culture of death. The two are inseparable.

Willy-nilly killing is not something that is acceptable in society, but something like physician-assisted euthanasia of terminally ill persons is something whose time is long overdue.

In that, I envy pets that are at the end of their lives, and are put down in a manner we call “humane” and treat with respect.

Abortion should remain a personal choice, but if choosing to abort, this should be done as early n the development of the fetus as possible, and in such a way that the fetus cannot suffer. If done very early, it would be before much nervous and synaptic function exists. That, to me, would be the most acceptable form of an abortion. But to make them illegal altogether? I remember the days when abortion WAS illegal, and the quality of the services was poor, causing infection, injury and death to the mother in many cases due to the need to perform these in secret, often unsanitary an conditions, and often by unskilled practitioners using only the most rudimentary of tools. That is where the term “coat-hanger abortion” came from, and was a reality in many instances. Now, abortion is not secret, and is far better managed for the health of the family or person choosing this surgery. Yes, the fetus dies. That is sad. But it is far worse to bring unwanted babies into this already-populous world. In this, the one rule that should be adhered to as closely as possible is “cause no pain.”

Do those who have abortions escape social stigma for their choice to have an abortion? No, they do not, and they carry with them forever the grim reminder of that pregnancy and its early ending. But they should also be dealt with by an understanding and compassionate family and a society that discourages abortion except in certain situations. Abortions, again, if they are to be performed, should be done very early in the pregnancy.

Back to whether or not I should have the right to commit suicide and be able to ask someone to help me end it if I am terminally ill: Leave me and my decision alone, and if someone should assist me by doing those things that I cannot do for myself, then so be it. That should not be a crime. Kevorkian is not a bad man. He hepled people who wanted out, and he compassionately understood their situation and helped them end their suffering.

The only thing that a person can find wrong with human euthanasia and assisted suicude in cases of the terminally ill is folded into non-objective religious beliefs, which are founded on the equivalent of fairy tales, not facts. If there is a Heaven, when those who believe in it die and go there, they will see Kevorkian there for his compassion. God will also be holding classes in compassion and admonishing the Bible’s authors, preachers, practitioners and adherents for their misinterpretations here and there of His wishes.

I have let it be known among friends and family that if I am terminally ill and there is no hope, if I want to O.D. on pain-pills and make an easy exit, they had better be willing to at least hand them to me. If they did so, it would be out of resect, or compassion, or love, not out of a “culture of death.”

Thanks for providing a forum for this type of discussion.


Ryan June 9, 2007 at 6:27 pm

Life has value. That’s my point. If you disagree with that premise, then that’s your prerogative. Life begins at conception. That’s not my opinion, that’s a medical fact. One can choose to ignore that fact, and/or see the issue in shades of gray. If that’s one’s point of view, then embrace it. Just don’t go looking for moral approval at the same time for one’s own position.

At the other end of life, euthanasia is notoriously colored less with respect for the dying, but for the convenience of the living who would rather not be reminded that this life shall soon pass. We hide age on many levels: make-up, cosmetic surgery, nursing homes, etc. It’s a natural impulse. But a culture that embraces euthanasia disrespects the living as well in some small way. Whatever one’s opinion is on mercy-killing, understand that there are society-wide implications to this degradation that are not so black and white.

Kevorkian is a sick, predatory man, who is now apparently a sell-out for not continuing with his euthanasia now that he’s free. It’s society’s job to protect life whenever it can.


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