Jack Kevorkian began a petition drive Sunday to legalize assisted suicide in Michigan by urging about 700 churchgoers to join his crusade.
Kevorkian needs more than 250,000 signatures to place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot. In a speech between services at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Kevorkian spoke of the “right not to suffer.”
Pastor Thomas Egglebeen invited him to speak.
The audience gave several standing ovations to Kevorkian, who has been present at the deaths of 20 people since 1990.
Two people holding Bibles over their heads briefly protested his appearance.