CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 25, 1990
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Supreme Court: Rita Braver) Supreme Court decision in right-to- die case examined; details given of case involving parents' wish to stop life support system of comatose daughter Nancy Cruzan. [Father Joe CRUZAN - comments.] Justices' ruling that each state can decide life support issue detailed. [Missouri attorney general William WEBSTER - says court has said it is a state issue.] Legal opinions of Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justice William Brennan outlined on screen. [Cruzan attorney William COLBY - talks about what may be done next.] [Father of girl in similar medical state as Cruzan, Joe BUSILACCI - says he only wants her body to die, too.] Implications of ruling explored.
(San Francisco: Susan Spencer) Implications of Supreme Court ruling for medical treatment of cases of patients sustained in a persistent vegetative state examined. [George Washington University Medical Center Dr. Joanne LYNN - talks about implications for medical treatment.] [University of California, San Francisco Dr. Neal COHEN - says doctors will be more reticent to withhold treatment.] Findings of CBS News/"New York Times" poll on issue of removal of feeding tube outlined on screen. [American Medical Association Dr. Nancy DICKEY - comments.] [COHEN - talks about doctor-patient relations.] [Ethicist Alexander CAPRON - comments.]