On Bioethics

catholic moral standing on the special ethics of life



It’s hard to know why Jack Kevorkian, the paroled Michigan doctor who has helped 130 people to die, agreed to be interviewed by the author of Tuesdays with Morrie, which may be the most persuasive anti-euthanasia book ever written. But he did — and the result was exactly as one would expect.The Kevordian charm offensive failed on Mitch Albom, a well-known columnist for the Detroit Free Press: “I couldn’t imagine a suffering so bad that I would want Kevorkian to be the last person I’d see on Earth.”    

Here are the highlights:

    “He didn’t seem to think much of the human race. He likened life to ‘a tragedy’. He quoted famous people saying they wouldn’t bring babies into this world. When I said that would wipe out mankind, he said, ‘What’s wrong with that?’ “I began to sense a man who was more interested in death than life. Death was his academic passion, and sick patients were part of that academic pursuit, like lab rats. Is there a meaning to our lives? I asked. ‘No,’ he said. Was he happy? ‘I don’t expect the object of life is happiness. That’s why I’m happy.’ Set the bar low, in other words? ‘That’s the way to go,’ he said.”

Nonetheless, Kevorkian has his fans. The University of Florida has offered him US$50,000 to give a lecture. ~ Detroit Free Press, Jun 10; St Petersburg Times, Jun 8 


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