Assisted suicide has national support as Kevorkian leaves jail

"Dr. Death" paroled
As Jack Kevorkian was released June 1 from a Michigan prison after serving eight years for second-degree murder in the assisted death of a man with Lou Gehrig’s disease, new polls suggested that his cause retains strong support.

An Associated Press–Ipsos poll released as the frail pathologist, 79, left prison showed that 53 percent of Americans believe that Kevorkian never should have gone to jail for the assisted-suicide campaign he championed in the 1990s; 40 percent supported Kevorkian’s imprisonment.

The Michigan Parole Board granted Kevorkian’s request in December to leave prison because of good behavior and a promise not to conduct more assisted suicides. Ailing from heart and lung disease and hepatitis, the man once called Dr. Death said through an attorney that he would remain an advocate for changing state laws.


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