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On this day

In 1990, Dr. Jack Kevorkian carried out his first publicly assisted suicide, helping Janet Adkins, a 54-year-old Alzheimer’s patient from Portland, Ore., end her life in Oakland County, Michigan.

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Kevorkian: 2 for the price of 1

“First of all, do any of you here think it’s a crime to help a suffering human end his agony? Any of you think it is? Say so right now!” So opens Kevorkian’s speech in this challenging play based on … Continue reading

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Farewell Jack – Exit remembers Dr Kevorkian

“Dr Death is Dead!” ran the headlines as Jack Kevorkian, the most prominent of doctors ever to assist in suicides, reached his own last stand in Michigan’s William Beaumont Hospital, last June 3rd, and eight days after his 83rd birthday. … Continue reading

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Euthanasia – on the big and the small screen

How to Die in Oregon tells the stories of terminally ill Oregonians as they decide when, and whether, to end their lives at the time and circumstance of their own choosing under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act. From its opening … Continue reading

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Kevorkian criticises assisted suicide laws

Dr Kevorkian has again been vocal in taking issue with existing laws on assisted suicide. “Oregon, Montana, Washington – that’s not euthanasia: a doctor can’t do it. The patient’s got to take the pill himself. If he can’t move, he … Continue reading

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Assisted suicide law broken. No prosecution. Innocent.

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), has today said that although there is sufficient evidence to prosecute two men in England involved in an assisted suicide, it would not be in the public’s interest and no further action … Continue reading

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Organ Transplant Euthanasia?

A new paper on voluntary euthanasia and organ transplants is causing quite a stir. The authors, Julian Savulescu and Dominic Wilkinson, suggest that being able to donate one’s organs while requesting euthanasia could give an added sense of meaning to … Continue reading

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