The portrait was so reassuring that supporters refused to question whether Kevorkian rushed treatable people to an early death. And they did not care if their catchphrase "death with dignity" sent the cold message to the disabled that their condition is undignified -- and that they should do the world a favor and die.
Note that while living with illnesses is undignified for others, for the frail Kevorkian, life is precious. In 1997, Kevorkian pledged to starve himself to death in prison if convicted of assisting suicide. Yet -- here's a miracle -- he is still alive.
In 2004, Kevorkian's attorney told the Oakland Press that the state of Michigan should release Kevorkian because Kevorkian was so ill that he didn't think the retired pathologist would live "more than a year." Now that soon-to-be free Kevorkian is being offered lecture fees as high as $50,000, his health has improved. Another miracle.
Kevorkian's first post-prison interview will be on "60 Minutes" -- which is fitting, because Kevorkian's videotaped killing of Thomas Youk, which aired on "60 Minutes," prompted the prosecution that earned Kevorkian a prison sentence. The prosecutor, who had not wanted to try Kevorkian, later said that he was astonished at the death doc's "total lack of compassion" and "nonchalant" demeanor when he killed Youk.
The Youk segment garnered the TV news show its highest ratings of that season.
Mike Wallace, 89 -- another assisted-suicide fan who looks less fit than Janet Adkins was -- will interview Kevorkian. Do not expect a hard-hitting exchange. Expect to watch two old white guys discuss the moral value in killing (SET ITAL) other (END ITAL) sick people. As if they are the compassionate ones.
(SET ITAL) Note to readers: My husband, Wesley J. Smith, is a consultant to the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. (END ITAL)