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Kevorkian Kicks Off Congressional Run

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian announced Monday he's running for Congress as an independent.

If elected, he said his main priority will be promoting the little-known Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the rights it guarantees. The Ninth Amendment protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the Constitution, and Kevorkian says he interprets it as protecting a person's choice to die through assisted suicide or to avoid wearing a seat belt.

Kevorkian, 79, a retired pathologist, claims to have helped at least 130 people die from 1990 until 1998.

The congressional seat in Detroit's suburbs is now held by Republican Rep. Joe Knollenberg, who is seeking re-election. Gary Peters, a former state senator and state lottery commissioner, is running for the Democratic nomination. Michigan's statewide nonpresidential primaries are on Aug. 5.

He was released from state prison last year after serving eight years for helping Thomas Youk, a 52-year-old Oakland County man with Lou Gehrig's disease, die in 1998. He was convicted of second-degree murder the following year.

Although he has been nicknamed "Dr. Death," Kevorkian didn't say much about assisted suicide when he spoke to reporters Monday morning.

He said the government is tyrannical. "You've been trained to obey it, not fight for it because the tyrant doesn't like that," Kevorkian said.
 

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QUOTE (jinxxycat @ Mar 24 2008, 01:59 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=509833
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Kevorkian Kicks Off Congressional Run

By DAVID EGGERT –

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian announced Monday he's running for Congress as an independent.

If elected, he said his main priority will be promoting the little-known Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the rights it guarantees. The Ninth Amendment protects rights not explicitly specified elsewhere in the Constitution, and Kevorkian says he interprets it as protecting a person's choice to die through assisted suicide or to avoid wearing a seat belt.

Kevorkian, 79, a retired pathologist, claims to have helped at least 130 people die from 1990 until 1998.

The congressional seat in Detroit's suburbs is now held by Republican Rep. Joe Knollenberg, who is seeking re-election. Gary Peters, a former state senator and state lottery commissioner, is running for the Democratic nomination. Michigan's statewide nonpresidential primaries are on Aug. 5.

He was released from state prison last year after serving eight years for helping Thomas Youk, a 52-year-old Oakland County man with Lou Gehrig's disease, die in 1998. He was convicted of second-degree murder the following year.

Although he has been nicknamed "Dr. Death," Kevorkian didn't say much about assisted suicide when he spoke to reporters Monday morning.

He said the government is tyrannical. "You've been trained to obey it, not fight for it because the tyrant doesn't like that," Kevorkian said.
That last sentence is very true! You must always question authority!
 

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Good for him. If he was running in my Congressional district in CA, I'd vote for him. You always hear that if you don't like the laws, don't break them, try to change them. That's what he's doing now.
 

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QUOTE (Toykilla @ Mar 25 2008, 01:14 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=510066
It is a shame he went to prison for doing the right thing.. helping people end their misery.
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The idea of asking the government permission to end your own life just doesn't compute in my world. That lady in France who recently died from the jacked up cancer face was a perfect example. Her case was used to try and change the laws with no avail. Kevorkian's method is probably the most humane method to use.
 

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In 1994, Oregon voters approved the Death with Dignity Act, permitting doctors to assist terminal patients with six months or less to live to end their lives. The U.S. Supreme Court allowed such laws in 1997. The Bush administration failed in its attempt to use drug law to stop Oregon in 2001, in the case Gonzales v. Oregon. In 1999, non-aggressive euthanasia was permitted in Texas.
 

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One minor correction to the Topic - he's running for a seat in the House of Representatives (to be a Congressman), not for the Senate.
 
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