Marlowe's Shade

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Kevorkian: No Remorse

From LifeSite

I've commented before on the media's infatuation with Jack Kevorkian.

In this recent interview, it's clear that despite his claims that he wouldn't kill again, he has lost none of his enthusiasm for euthanasia:

Euthanasia campaigner Dr. Jack Kevorkian, in an interview from prison, said he would not perform euthanasia if his 10-25 year second-degree murder conviction for killing a 52-year-old man in 1998 is commuted by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm before he is eligible for parole in 2007.

Known as Dr. Death for his euthanasia of dozens of sick and disabled persons, Kevorkian demonstrated his recalcitrance describing the reason for his incarceration as a "so-called crime." When asked by MSNBC's Rita Cosby what he would say to the Michigan governor if he knew she was watching right now, he answered, "For the seriousness of my so-called crime, seven years is plenty." Kevorkian, 77, killed Thomas Youk, who had Lou Gehrig's disease, in 1998 and was convicted after video of the killing was aired by "60 Minutes."

"But as far as the activity goes, I have said publicly and officially that I will not perform that act again when I get out," he added from the Thumb Correctional Facility in Lapeer, Michigan. "What I'll do is what I should have done earlier, is pursue this from a legal standpoint by campaigning to get the laws changed."

One positive thing that can be said of Kevorkian is his inability to use the deceptive language of the right-to-die movement.

Commenting on Oregon's Assisted Suicide law, which will be before the US Supreme Court Wednesday, Kevorkian said the law does not go far enough. "Some patients can never use that service, because they cannot swallow," he said, criticizing the law because it does not allow active killing by physicians there.

Cosby asked Kevorkian about Terri Schiavo's death by starvation and dehydration: "Do you think after watching it that America has sort of changed its mood toward what you did?" Kevorkian responded, "If they're rational, I think they would." Adding a valid point that death by dehydration is inhumane, he continued by saying that he would have killed Terri had his [sic]husband asked him earlier. "After all that long period of time in a coma, I think she would qualify."

County officials are skeptical that his sentence will be commuted. I hope all of Kevorkian's remaining interviews will be from prison.
papijoe 5:38 AM