Prison Hasn't Mellowed Dr. Death

Kevorkian's outraged at meager progress on assisted suicides
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2007 6:02 AM CDT
Prison Hasn't Mellowed Dr. Death
Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian walks out of the Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, Mich., Friday, June 1, 2007. Kevorkian, the retired pathologist dubbed "Dr. Death" after claiming he had participated in at least 130 assisted suicides, left prison after eight years Friday still...   (Associated Press)

Jack Kevorkian, who was paroled Friday after 8 years in prison, says he won't be involved in any more suicides—except perhaps his own. "When I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it right,” he tells the New York Times. But prison hasn't blunted the passion for phsyician-assisted suicides that earned  the combative former pathologist the sobriquet Dr. Death.

Kevorkian is outraged that only one state—Oregon—has legalized the procedure hs performed 130 times to help terminally ill patients end their suffering and challenge the law. In his chat with the Times he calls the government "tyrannical," the public "sheep" and his opponents  "religious fanatics or nuts." Prison, he added, was "loud and boring." (More Jack Kervorkian stories.)

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