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The patient's autonomy always, always should be respected, even if it is absolutely contrary - the decision is contrary to best medical advice and what the physician wants.

The patient's autonomy always, always should be respected, even if it is absolutely contrary - the decision is contrary to best medical advice and what the physician wants.

I will admit, like Socrates and Aristotle and Plato and some other philosophers, that there are instances where the death penalty would seem appropriate. ---->>>

Yes, we need euthanasia, for certain cases where people are in comas or too immobile to even press a button. ---->>>

You're basing your laws and your whole outlook on natural life on mythology. It won't work. That's why you have all these problems in the world. Name them: India, Pakistan, Ireland. Name them-all these problems. They're all religious problems. ---->>>

As a medical doctor, it is my duty to evaluate the situation with as much data as I can gather and as much expertise as I have and as much experience as I have to determine whether or not the wish of the patient is medically justified.

As a medical doctor, it is my duty to evaluate the situation with as much data as I can gather and as much expertise as I have and as much experience as I have to determine whether or not the wish of the patient is medically justified.

My intent was to carry out my duty as a doctor, to end their suffering. Unfortunately, that entailed, in their cases, ending of the life. ---->>>

Am I a criminal? The world knows I'm not a criminal. What are they trying to put me in jail for? You've lost common sense in this society because of religious fanaticism and dogma.

Am I a criminal? The world knows I'm not a criminal. What are they trying to put me in jail for? You've lost common sense in this society because of religious fanaticism and dogma.

The patient decides when it's best to go.

The patient decides when it's best to go.

I suppose, if helping a patient die is killing, I suppose I'm a killer. ---->>>

If you don't have liberty and self-determination, you've got nothing, that's what this is what this country is built on. And this is the ultimate self-determination, when you determine how and when you're going to die when you're suffering. ---->>>

Five to six thousand people die every year waiting for organs, but nobody cares. ---->>>

Anytime you interfere with a natural process, you're playing God. God determines what happens naturally. That means when a person's ill, he shouldn't go to a doctor because he's asking for interference with God's will. But of course, patients can't think that way. ---->>>

My ultimate aim is to make euthanasia a positive experience. ---->>>

The American people are sheep. They're comfortable, rich, working. It's like the Romans, they're happy with bread and their spectator sports. The Super Bowl means more to them than any right. ---->>>

All the big powers they've silenced me. So much for free speech and choice on this fundamental human right. ---->>>

When your conscience says law is immoral, don't follow it. ---->>>

I hate to say this, but I'll repeat it: After death, all we know that you do is stink. ---->>>

Let's hope you feel better now. ---->>>

I'm not lying to myself like most people. ---->>>

It's the boredom that kills you. You read until you're tired of that. You do crossword puzzles until you're tired of that. This is torture. This is mental torture. ---->>>

I have a natural right to do whatever I want with my body... as long as it doesn't affect anybody else or any other property. ---->>>

What looks like enjoyment is the sneer of contempt. That's not a smile. ---->>>

I have no regrets, none whatsoever. ---->>>

This could never be a crime in any society which deems himself enlightened. ---->>>

How can you regret helping a suffering patient? ---->>>

I'd find it demeaning to be cleaning toilets. ---->>>

I've seen schizophrenics who are so hopeless, you couldn't cheer them, and their lives are miserable and they end up as suicides. That's not right. ---->>>

Among doctors in general, I think more than half support what I'm doing. ---->>>

None of them want to delay. Understand that. None of them. ---->>>

I don't enjoy good food. I don't enjoy flashy cars. I don't care if I live in a dump. I don't enjoy good clothes. This is the best I've dressed in months. ---->>>

I knew I was getting into one of the most illegal things in the world. It was the right thing to do. ---->>>

I'm for absolute autonomy of the individual, and an adult, competent woman has absolute autonomy. It's her choice.

I'm for absolute autonomy of the individual, and an adult, competent woman has absolute autonomy. It's her choice.

You can cite me for contempt, Your Honor. I don't care. ---->>>

The Supreme Court of the United States... has validated the Nazi method of execution in... concentration camps, starving them to death. ---->>>

The Jews were gassed. Armenians were killed in every conceivable way... So the Holocaust doesn't interest me, see? They've had a lot of publicity, but they didn't suffer as much. ---->>>

I want some colleague to be free to come help me when I say the time has come. That's what I'm fighting for, me. Now that sounds selfish. And if it helps somebody else, so be it. ---->>>

What are friends? Some people are nice. Some people aren't. There are some I'm fairly close with... we talk. ---->>>

I would not want to live with a tube in my neck and not be able to move a finger. I wouldn't - that to me is not life. ---->>>

Freedom has a price. Most people aren't willing to pay it. ---->>>

I always said all my life if I wasn't born and they gave me the question I'd say I don't want to be born. ---->>>

Listen, when you take my liberty away, you've taken away more-something more precious than life. I mean, what good is a life without liberty? Huh? None. ---->>>

I didn't do this for other people; I did this for me. I fought for this right for me - does that sound selfish? ---->>>

Liberty means more to me than life itself. ---->>>

My religion centers in different areas than what's considered conventional religion. ---->>>

A transfer of money should never be involved in this profound situation. Although illness is profound, too, but medicine's a business today. It's a business. ---->>>

If Christ can die in a barn, I think the death of a human in a van is not so bad. ---->>>

Rotten travesty. Yeah. Send me to jail for contempt. Try that. Go ahead. ---->>>

She made the decision that her existence had lost its meaning. And you cannot judge that. ---->>>

The law doesn't create a right. ---->>>

The single worst moment of my life... was the moment I was born. ---->>>

There's no doubt I expect to die in prison. ---->>>

Not one has shown an iota of fear of death. They want to end this agony. ---->>>

What I think a doctor should do is prevent disease, by any means necessary. ---->>>

I'm trying to knock the medical profession into accepting its responsibilities, and those responsibilities include assisting their patients with death.

I'm trying to knock the medical profession into accepting its responsibilities, and those responsibilities include assisting their patients with death.

Everyone is going to die. ---->>>

I can paint in jail. ---->>>

I don't persuade to suicide. ---->>>

I gambled and I lost. I failed in securing my options for this choice for myself, but I succeeded in verifying the Dark Age is still with us. ---->>>

I think the Supreme Court does have the authority, which is not used, to declare a blanket right for all people, all adults. ---->>>

If a man is terrified, it's up to me to dispel that terror. ---->>>

Maybe I won't stay out of prison. Who knows? ---->>>

This is not a trial. This is a lynching. There is no law. ---->>>

We are all terminal. ---->>>

There is nothing anyone can do anyway. The public has no power. The government knows I'm not a criminal. The parole board knows I'm not a criminal. The judge knows I'm not a criminal. ---->>>

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. Well, then, what are we doing here? ---->>>

You've gotta know what death is to know life! ---->>>

Fear controls you. ---->>>

I will go to what they call a court. Only they call it a court. ---->>>

When history looks back, it will prove what I'll die knowing. ---->>>

I am not a sentimental person. ---->>>

I don't crave publicity, you know. ---->>>

I'm not a romantic. ---->>>

I'm not radical. ---->>>

I'm not the kind of guy who has best friends. ---->>>

Look at the forces against me. They don't want me out. They're afraid I'll cause trouble if I get out. ---->>>

Many support what I am doing. ---->>>

The law is cruel. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 05-28, 1928
Birthplace: Pontiac, Michigan, U.S.
Die: 2011-06-03
Occupation: Activist
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Jacob "Jack" Kevorkian (; May 26, 1928 – June 3, 2011) was an American pathologist, euthanasia activist, painter, author, composer, and instrumentalist. He is best known for publicly championing a terminal patient's right to die via physician-assisted suicide; he claimed to have assisted at least 130 patients to that end (wikipedia)