Monitor: Dr Jack Kevorkian's campaign to legalise euthanasia
All the News of the World
Thursday 26 November 1998
THE CBS news program 60 Minutes entered broadcasting's lower world in deciding to air a video that shows the killing of a Michigan man by euthanasia zealot Dr Jack Kevorkian. This road to ratings is paved with disgrace. Lingering depiction of an individual being put to death on television is an act of barbarism. 60 Minutes disgraced news institutions in the same manner that Kevorkian disgraces medicine.
DR KEVORKIAN'S descent from "assisted suicide" to active euthanasia, illustrates the wisdom of Michigan's voters in rejecting a ballot issue that would have legalized assisted suicide earlier this month. We all want some latitude in determining how we and our loved ones will die. We hope there will be adequate pain management, and many of us hope there will be a minimum of pointless treatment. But do we as a society really want to condone the killing of patients?
THE COST of Kevorkianism can be measured by this story: about a year ago a resident of Oakland County shot and wounded his dog. The Prosecutor was inclined not to prosecute, until a public outcry compelled him to do so. Woodworth was convicted and given a year's probation. A society that cares more about animals than people can't be surprised if it starts treating people like animals.
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