Assisted suicide up for consideration, again in Michigan

Lawmakers will try once again to legalize physician-assisted suicide in Michigan, which became the epicenter for the issue back in the 1990s.

Bills have been repeatedly introduced to legalize the practice, without success. But state Rep. Tom Cochran, D-Mason, is trying again with the bill he proposed last week to allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to a terminally ill person who has less than six months to live..

Michigan became inextricably linked with the assisted-suicide movement because of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a reitired Royal Oak pathologist who assisted in about 130 cases of euthanasia beginning in 1990. He was convicted of second-degree murder in 1999 and served eight years in prison. He died in 2011 at the age of 83.

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