× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Quinlan Case / Ruling #34720

ABC Evening News for Monday, Nov 10, 1975
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio) Judge Robert Muir rules that parents of Karen Quinlan can't have her respirator cut off.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Studio) Muir rules that parent doesn't have const. right to assert his child's right to die. Says Roman Catholic Church doesn't require that life-supporting equipment be withdrawn in hopeless case and freedom of religion must take 2nd place to laws of homicide.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(Denville, New Jersey) Saint Clare's Hospital staff treats Karen as an individual. [Hospital executive director Ken. COUREY - says staff approaches her care as a person, not a special case or celebrity.] Muir says removing respirator is medical judgment. [President American Medical Association Dr. Max PAROTT - says if what he reads about Karen's condition is true, life-supporting equipment should be removed.]
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(Studio) Quinlans may appeal.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

Gregory, Bettina;
Reasoner, Harry

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.