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Quinlan Decision #245171

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 31, 1976
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(Studio) New Jersey Supreme Court rules that Karen Ann Quinlan has right to die. She's been in coma since April 1975. Her father must get agreement of competent doctors before detaching respirator.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(New Jersey) Quinlan suffered irreversible brain damage 1 year ago. Her parents tried to stop all artificial means of life support in court Lower court ruled respirator couldn't be turned off; higher court modified decision. [Quinlan attorney Paul F. ARMSTRONG - says Mr. Quinlan apptd. guardian and has power to remove life support systems.] Respirator can be turned off only if team of doctors agrees she has no chance for recovery. Quinlans rptdly. wept.
REPORTER: Jim Kilpatrick Artist: Marilyn Church Artist: Aggie Whelan

Cronkite, Walter;
Kilpatrick, Jim

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