Everyone reading this probably remembers Dr. Jack Kevorkian and the trial and sentencing he endured as a result of the assisted suicides several years ago. Well, he was released from prison after serving approximately 8 years of a 10-25 year sentence. While looking through the news this morning, I was intrigued to see a posting that makes me think the topic may find its way back into the forefront of the news due to an article on MSNBC.com.
It appears that in 2006, Craig Ewert, traveled to another country where assisted suicide is legal and sought the assistance of a clinic there to end his own life, which was terminal and unpleasant for him anyway. This topic, like so many that are legislated in the United States, falls back on the question of ethics and the role of religion in politics and law-making.
Now the basis for the story linked above may be a bit "out there" in that the Sky network intends to broadcast Mr. Ewert’s death on television. How that could be helpful, I am not certain, except to show people that it was a peaceful death, where he virtually falls asleep… possibly in an attempt to educate and inform people about assisted suicide.
It is frustrating to me that there are opponent groups that oppose an adult’s personal decision to obtain assitance with suicide. While I understand that these groups may have religious concerns for the person contemplating suicide, I still believe that the decision should rest with the individual. It is not a situation where others are deciding to execute someone and do so in the name of "suicide".
Finally, if someone really wants to end his or her life, there are many ways to do it, assuming the person is physically capable. At least allowing someone to make an informed decision about his or her life leaves them with a small amount of dignity and self-respect. Thus, I must salute Dr. Jack Kevorkian for his efforts in assisting people with what is probably the hardest decision they ever made in their lives, although, I do not agree with his unconvential tactics. I also must thank the State of Oregon for having enough common sense to recognize that putting a measure in place for adults to make decisions about their own mortality is the right thing to do.