Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Debate Continues
"This could never be a crime in any society which deems itself enlightened." So said Jack Kevorkian on CBS's "60 Minutes" on November 22, on a segment showing the first nationally televised death by euthanasia in the U.S.
Kevorkian offered the footage to CBS to dramatize his campaign for euthanasia for terminally and chronically ill patients. The film shows him giving a lethal injection in September to 52-year-old Thomas Youk, who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease). Kevorkian is shown ending Mr. Youk's life by injecting Seconal to put him to sleep, followed by a powerful muscle relaxant to stop his breathing and potassium chloride …show more content…
The incidence of euthanasia/assisted suicide in the US is difficult to determine. Sunni Bloyd in his book Euthanasia says that the voluntary, passive type occurs "every day in hospitals and nursing homes across the country"(101). Robert Wennberg, in Terminal Choices: Euthanasia, Suicide, and the Right to Die, maintains likewise that this form of euthanasia is widely practiced in America today and is acceptable since it lets the