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.
From the Washington Times [Excerpt]:
If adopted this November, a ballot initiative in Massachusetts will legalize physician-assisted suicide for patients whose conditions are predicted to produce death within six months. Initiative Petition 1112 claims to ensure that the patient's decision to commit suicide is voluntary. That claim, however, is misleading.
The initiative petition requires that two persons witness the patient's written request for a lethal prescription. One witness, however, can have a financial interest in the patient's death. That person can be the only witness present when the lethal drug is taken. Thus, an interested heir could pressure the patient, and no one would know because no objective witness is required when the drug is taken.
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