Aug 10 2007
Jack Kevorkian Visit to University of Florida Upsetting to Students
by Steven Ertelt
August 8, 2007
Gainesville, FL (LifeNews.com) — Assisted suicide crusader Jack
Kevorkian is headed to the University of Florida for an October 11
speaking engagement — which will have the college pay him $50,000.
But the event isn’t going over well with students there, who are
upset that state taxpayer dollars will be used to pay the convicted
Ashley Emans, a junior at the university, wrote more about the
speaking engagement in an editorial on Town Hall.
She said that the student-run speaker’s bureau called ACCENT sent
Kevorkian the speaking offer shortly after his released from prison,
where he served eight years of a 10-25 year prison sentence for the
murder of a disabled patient.
"Kevorkian’s UF stop will probably be his first paid public speaking
engagement since his June 1 release from prison," Emans says and "his
$50,000 honorarium is subsidized by taxpayer dollars."
The event will only occur is Kevorkian is granted special permission
by his parole officer to leave the state and go to Florida.
While many pro-life students are upset by the appearance, Emans says
"Kevorkian will be greeted here in Gainesville, Florida with open
arms from many students and professors."
"Once again my school is making national headlines for reasons that
make me cringe. It very rarely speaks for me, and I am ashamed my
fellow students in the governing body want the cache of Kevorkian at
the expense of respect or dignity," Emans says in the Town Hall
Emans pointed out the irony that Terri Schiavo was a victim of
euthanasia in the same state and that the judge who allowed her
former husband to take her life was University of Florida graduate
"Bioethicist Bill Allen teaches here, who said in an interview that
he believed Terri Schiavo was not a person," she added.
Emans concludes that the college is again going out of its way to
provide its progressive and open-minded credentials, this time by
embracing someone who has admittedly killed more than 130 people via
"I take issue with UF falling all over itself to nab Kevorkian
first," she concluded. "I fail to see what good is to come from using
taxpayer dollars to preach a religion of death a significant number
do not subscribe to."
From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress