Those who do the most to alleviate suffering–the man who brings meals to AIDS patients, the woman who cares for a frail parent, the hospice nurse whose patients are lovingly comforted, the oncologist who takes the time to kill pain, not patients–are the most vocal in their opposition to the practices that Kevorkian considers ethical.
But people with disabilities are the most eloquent in pointing out that what is really at issue in much of the promotion of assisted suicide is a deeply rooted prejudice in our society against those who are severely disabled–a prejudice characterized by bigots who begrudge access to independent living or jobs, but rush to provide access to the grave. Disability rights leaders make their concern very clear:
What medical experience and training does Jack Kevorkian have?
“Well, it’s never been going well. I had an erratic practice…I had so many controversial topics on my resume, that people were just frightened to death of me. And it was hopeless to get a position.” (10)
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A. …Once this gets going as a practice for physically debilitated people, the psychiatrists are going to have a whopping job because it is going to be up to them to decide how this fits into their field. (59)
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In addition to illness, other conditions in their lives may have contributed to the decisions of some to die. For example: Elaine Goldbaum had financial problems and feared losing her house; (60) Jonathon Grenz was said to be depressed and “overwhelmed with grief” following his mother’s death. (61) Ali Khalili, who drove his car from Chicago to Michigan for his health had reportedly told a doctor that “the quality of his life had been compromised by an anxiety state. “(62)
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Yet, since Kevorkian began sending people to the grave, voters in Washington and California have defeated ballot initiatives that would have legalized Kevorkian-type practices. (97) Neither state is known as a bastion of religious activism.
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Of the twenty-five “patients” who died between June 1990 and August 1995, two died of lethal amounts of intravenous drugs. The remaining twenty-three were gassed to death with carbon monoxide. (42)
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At a press conference after he was charged in the death of one “patient,” Kevorkian said, “You know what’s on trial? Your civilization and your society.”(107)