April 16th, 2010
04:50 PM ET

Video: Conversation with Dr. Jack Kevorkian

Editor's Note: Tonight, we report on what many refer to as physician-assisted suicide. It's legal in three states - Montana, Oregon and Washington. Two Connecticut doctors are in court to challenge the law that would have them prosecuted with second-degree manslaughter for prescribing lethal medication. Last week Anderson spoke to Dr. Jack Kevorkian who assisted terminally ill patients die. Watch their conversation here.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Jennifer Norris

    I agree with Jack Kevorkian, whats wrong with what he did? Nothing. What about doctors who keep patients alive who are suffering and in pain just to make money?

    Anyone who has watched a loved one suffer would support Dr. Kevorkian. My father sufferred very badly for no reason and I am still recovering from the trauma of it 13 years later. People should have the right to do this for their loved ones.

    Not sure Anderson why you gave Dr. Kevorkian a hard time in part 1and tried to imply he was doing something wrong.

    April 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  2. Jennifer - Michigan

    This was an interesting interview. I like Jack Kevorkian and what he stands for. I agree that the terminally ill deserve to die with dignity and in the most comfortable way possible. It's terrible to see someone you love suffering in pain every day. It's too bad that there are not more doctors standing up with him. He is an interesting person as well. Have a great day.

    April 16, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  3. Gabrielle

    Someone I love has suffered with severe pain in every part of his body for nearly 30 yrs. now. He has repeatedly told me he wants to die because his suffering is so extreme.

    He had a massive heart attack one month ago and is now living with only 24 % of his heart working and only one pump in his heart working. The well known hospital which charged his state insurance over 60,000. released him after four days, saying in a very disconnected way "there's nothing else we can do"

    He can not take pain medication which will lower his blood pressure. He can not sleep because of the pain he's in which also brings about depression. HE IS SUFFERING GREATLY EACH MOMENT HE LIVES! His Mother begs him not to commit suicide, I say there are worse things than death.

    When I was a child, I though Doctor Jack was a monster. Now I think he is a hero, and wish he could help my loved one to stop the suffering. To watch him suffering, waiting to die is inhuman on so many levels. We have more compassion for animals. It's easy for the many to be self righteous when they haven't suffered with the pain.

    The U.S. MUST study the cause and affect of pain and release these people of this torture. When the pain medication stops working, the person goes to street drugs. Which fuels crime and in some cases supports Al Qaeda.

    Pain is a great enemy, and causes millions of dollars to be wasted every day. Everyone has a right to end the suffering if they wish. If the Christians stopping Dr. Jack really believe in the after life, what are they so afraid of?

    April 16, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  4. Sheena

    This man is amazing. How anyone could question the legitamacy of of his work after this interview is beyond me. This is a true DOCTOR in the sense of what the word was intended to mean. You were in the presence of greatness Anderson- I envy you!

    April 16, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  5. S Dobbs

    These interviews are very informative for the non medical public so they could more understand what the laws truly prevent us from doing in the medical field. This is very complicated & I wonder if Anderson Cooper really wants to understand. If people were in on COR situations they would understand how we truly feel when things like this happen.

    April 16, 2010 at 10:07 am |