Kevorkian Declares Bid for House Seat

Assisted suicide advocate vows to tout individual rights
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2008 5:30 PM CDT
In this picture provided by the University of Florida, Dr. Jack Kevorkian speaks at the university on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008 in Gainsville, Fla.   (AP Photo/The University of Florida, Ray Carson)
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(Newser) – Euthanasia advocate Jack Kevorkian declared a bid for Congress in Detroit today, the Detroit Free Press reports. In a free-wheeling press conference, he admitted to being apolitical but vowed to trumpet individual rights in his campaign. “You can’t take my innate rights away from me without a fight,” said Kevorkian, who will run as an independent in a highly competitive district.

Kevorkian says the Ninth Amendment to the US Bill of Rights permits acts, such as doctor-assisted suicide, that do not hurt others. “If you want to have 10 pounds of marijuana in your house, why not? As long as you don’t hurt anybody,” he said. Kevorkian spent more than 8 years in prison on murder charges linked to about 130 assisted suicides.