Kevorkian at UCLA’s Royce Hall,
January 15, 2011.
May 26, 1928
Pontiac, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||June 3, 2011
Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S.
|Cause of death||Thrombosis|
|Resting place||Troy, Michigan, U.S.|
|Other names||Dr. Death|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan (B.S., M.D.)|
|Occupation||Physician, painter, author, musician|
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.
What I think a doctor should do is prevent disease, by any means necessary.
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.
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.
All the big powers they've silenced me. So much for free speech and choice on this fundamental human right.
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.
The Supreme Court of the United States… has validated the Nazi method of execution in… concentration camps, starving them to death.
I hate to say this, but I'll repeat it: After death, all we know that you do is stink.
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.
I'm for absolute autonomy of the individual, and an adult, competent woman has absolute autonomy. It's her choice.
Look at the forces against me. They don't want me out. They're afraid I'll cause trouble if I get out.
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.
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.
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.
What are friends? Some people are nice. Some people aren't. There are some I'm fairly close with… we talk.
I didn't do this for other people; I did this for me. I fought for this right for me – does that sound selfish?
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?
If Christ can die in a barn, I think the death of a human in a van is not so bad.
Yes, we need euthanasia, for certain cases where people are in comas or too immobile to even press a button.
My religion centers in different areas than what's considered conventional religion.
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.
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.
What looks like enjoyment is the sneer of contempt. That's not a smile.
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.
I'm trying to knock the medical profession into accepting its responsibilities, and those responsibilities include assisting their patients with death.
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.
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.
Five to six thousand people die every year waiting for organs, but nobody cares.
I suppose, if helping a patient die is killing, I suppose I'm a killer.
This could never be a crime in any society which deems himself enlightened.
I knew I was getting into one of the most illegal things in the world. It was the right thing to do.
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.
I will admit, like Socrates and Aristotle and Plato and some other philosophers, that there are instances where the death penalty would seem appropriate.
She made the decision that her existence had lost its meaning. And you cannot judge that.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Among doctors in general, I think more than half support what I'm doing.
I think the Supreme Court does have the authority, which is not used, to declare a blanket right for all people, all adults.