Dr. Jack Kevorkian, now 79, was released from prison today, June 1, 2007, after an eight year sentence. This poor senior citizen, because of his compassion for people, and his willingness to help the suffering was locked up. It is unfortunate that our legal system finds it necessary to punish such a display of sympathy. An admirable man, no doubt, most people will live their whole life and never have displayed such kindheartedness towards another human being, with no regard for the punishment on himself. For Kevorkian it was an unjust punishment.
The laws in our country are truly unjust, when a deathly ill person doesn’t have the right to chose to end his suffering. It is as though, our laws say you don’t have the right to choose to not be in pain and agony and must endure the trauma until you pass on, sometimes waiting it out for months. It’s a form of torture.
Many people have strong opinions on the issue, and unfortunately Oregon is the only state in this country with laws protecting the terminally ill. In Oregon, a patient that is terminally ill, with less than six months to live can ask their physician to prescribe a lethal dose of medicine.
Our government is torturing the weak and sick, and more people need to stand up for change in our legal system.