Some 20 years ago, Michigan was at the center of the assisted suicide debate when Dr. Jack Kevorkian took matters into his own hands by granting ailing patients who wanted an exit their final wish. At the time — and still to this day — assisted suicide was illegal in Michigan, and Kevorkian eventually landed in prison.
In 1998, Michigan voters resoundingly rejected an assisted suicide proposal. Other states have gone a different way, and eight states and Washington, D.C., have legalized some form of the practice.
Michigan could join them, if a bill sponsored by Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason) is passed.
Cochran’s bill would legalize doctor-assisted suicide for terminal patients with a prognosis of less than six months.