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.