CBS Evening News for Friday, Nov 17, 1978
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(Studio) Realization of political power of right-to-life movement in wake of recent elecs. noted. Report is on international symposium in San Francisco concerning right to die.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(San Francisco, California) Controversy over right to die since Karen Ann Quinlan case noted. Details given of symposium discussions of various problems involved in controversy. [San Francisco Med. Society spokesperson Dr. Laurens WHITE - says having technology to keep people alive makes physicians tend to use it, making decision about pulling back or stopping hard.] No. of people who have called New York firm, Concern for Dying, since 1967 in order to obtain copy of living will reported Is mentioned that living will has never been tested in court, but that since Quinlan case, 8 states have enacted laws legalizing such wills. California's law described and conflict over its success or need stated. [Pro-life spokesperson Dr. George MOHUN - says doctors don't waste time keeping vegetables alive or terminally ill patients alive few extra days on machines, for practical reasons.] Split in group at San Francisco meeting outlined.
REPORTER: David Dow
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