Submitted and Passed by the AEU Board of Directors
Whereas the American Ethical Union supports the right of each individual to make the critical decisions about his/her own life, including the right to terminate it when it is no longer bearable, and
Whereas Dr. John Kevorkian has continued to provide assistance to terminally ill people who wished to die and who appealed to him for that assistance, and
Whereas Dr. Kevorkian’s actions have been declared illegal by the State of Michigan under a law that is being challenged as unconstitutional,
Now Therefore Be It Resolved that the Board of the American Ethical Union deplores the action of the State of Michigan with respect to Dr. John Kevorkian and urges that he be set free pending the disposition of the case challenging the constitutionality of the law the has refused to obey. The American Ethical Union further urges that legislation he adopted to permit assisted suicide under appropriate conditions.
(Members and friends who agree with this position are urged to help publicize this Resolution and to contact their own legislators to press for adoption of the necessary legislation.)