(Washington, DC) — Dr. Jack Kevorkian, believed to have assisted in 130 suicides, was convicted of second-degree murder in 1999. Sentenced to 10-25 years in prison but released in 2007, he actually ran for Congress in 2008. He died early this morning. Judie Brown, president and cofounder of American Life League, the largest and oldest Catholic pro-life group in America, released this statement:
Kevorkian’s maverick image masked a serious threat to our culture in promoting euthanasia-on-demand as compassionate. This may be a sincere delusion, but it is also a dangerous delusion. He was the perfect front man/poster boy for the culture of death.
What the world must understand about this man's efforts is that in the process of his "work," the entire idea of assisted suicide came into vogue—as did dangerous hospital and nursing home practices that might not have made the progress they did if Kevorkian had not been plying his trade in public view.
Imposed death is never a question of voluntary v. involuntary; it is a question of respect for life v. fear of the unknown. Compassion without love is murder; Kevorkian proved that.
We do not celebrate the death of Dr. Kevorkian. We will, however, remember him in our prayers.
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