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Friday, 08 February 2013 19:56

Statement on Kevorkian's morbid legacy and death

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Jack Kevorkian's legacy will not only be of promoting and performing assisted suicide, he also preyed on people's fears at some of the most vulnerable times in their lives. While Kevorkian's peculiar and morbid notoriety also earned attention for other pro-assisted suicide groups like Compassionate Choices (formerly the Hemlock Society) and Final Exit Network, it also galvanized opposition from people of diverse social and political backgrounds.

Californians Against Assisted Suicide is a broad based coalition of healthcare, disability rights, patients' rights and civil rights organizations that has successfully fought the legalization of assisted suicide in California since 2005.

 

Many of the groups and individuals in this coalition have fought much longer against the Kevorkian-type notion and fear that some lives are "not worth living." Members of our coalition have worked to improve and promote better end of life care like hospice and palliative care, as well as improving mental health care for people facing a new disability or illness.

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